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1919, from Yiddish beygl, from Middle High German boug- "ring, bracelet," from Old High German boug "a ring," related to Old English beag "ring" (in poetry, an Anglo-Saxon lord was beaggifa "ring-giver"), from Proto-Germanic *baugaz-, from PIE root *bheug- (3) "to bend," with derivatives referring to bent, pliable, or curved objects (cf. Old High German biogan "to bend;" see bow (v.)).
A tennis set won 6–0 •The term, said to have been coined by Eddie Gibbs, has spread to other sports, where it often means ''zero, zip''
[1980s+; fr the shape of a bagel, fr Yiddish beygl, of uncertain origin but attested fr the early 1600s]
doughnut-shaped yeast-leavened roll that is characterized by a crisp, shiny crust and a dense interior. Long regarded as a Jewish specialty item, the bagel is commonly eaten as a breakfast food or snack, often with toppings such as cream cheese and lox (smoked salmon).