a coarse, dark, slightly sour bread made of unbolted rye.

1750–60; < German Pumpernickel orig., an opprobrious name for anyone considered disagreeable, equivalent to pumper(n) to break wind + Nickel hypocoristic from of Nikolaus Nicholas (cf. nickel); presumably applied to the bread from its effect on the digestive system

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pumpernickel (ˈpʌmpəˌnɪkəl)
a slightly sour black bread, originating in Germany, made of coarse rye flour
[C18: from German, of uncertain origin]

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"dark rye bread," 1756, from Ger. (Westphalian dialect) Pumpernickel (1663), originally an abusive nickname for a stupid person, from pumpern "to break wind" + Nickel "goblin, lout, rascal," from proper name Niklaus. An earlier Ger. name for it was krankbrot, lit. "sick-bread."
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Example sentences
The bread selection consists of dinner rolls, a rich pumpernickel, and pretzel bread.
The winners put the burger and sauce on pumpernickel bread, which really added a savory sensation to the dish.
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