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[nok-ee, noh-kee; Italian nyawk-kee] /ˈnɒk i, ˈnoʊ ki; Italian ˈnyɔk ki/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb) Italian Cookery.
a dish of little dumplings made from potatoes, semolina, flour, or a combination of these ingredients.
Origin of gnocchi
1890-95; < Italian, plural of gnocco, orig. Upper Italian (Veneto), perhaps cognate with Tuscan nocca, nocco knuckle < Langobardic *knohha joint; see knuckle Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gnocchi
  • The gnocchi were big and doughy, a texture only exacerbated by a cheesy center.
  • Dishes include ricotta gnocchi with sausage and fennel, spaghetti carbonara and fluke with spinach and shallots.
  • More than a dozen pastas are on offer, including lobster ravioli and homemade gnocchi.
  • It offers an extensive menu, from sandwiches and subs to gourmet pizza to fluffy gnocchi and pastas.
  • Make gnocchi and learn how to roll your own pasta dough.
  • The dinner menu features pasta dishes, pizza, gnocchi and a healthy menu option.
  • House specials include duck gnocchi, signature fish prepared in a number of ways, bouillabaisse and live lobster.
  • Many restaurants make their own gnocchi, a pasta that combines flour and potatoes.
  • Entrees include charred octopus, gnocchi, blue cod and veal porterhouse.
British Dictionary definitions for gnocchi


/ˈnɒkɪ; ɡəˈnɒkɪ; ˈɡnɒkɪ/
plural noun
dumplings made of pieces of semolina pasta, or sometimes potato, used to garnish soup or served alone with sauce
Word Origin
Italian, plural of gnocco lump, probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German knoche bone
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Word Origin and History for gnocchi

1891, from Italian gnocchi, plural of gnocco, from nocchio "a knot in wood," perhaps from a Germanic source akin to knuckle. So called for their shape.

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