A snack food consisting of thin rolls of baked salted dough shaped in an x shape enclosed by a semicircle.

Anything of little or no value.

- american underworld dictionary - 1950

ASCII Art of a stereotypical pretzel:

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Pret"zel (?), n. [G. pretzel, bretzel. Cf. Bretzel.]

A kind of German biscuit or cake in the form of a twisted ring, salted on the outside.

 

© Webster 1913.

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