Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A piece of dough stuffed with potato, meat, or cheese and baked or fried.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An Eastern European Jewish, or Yiddish, snack food consisting of a dumpling covered with a shell of baked or fried dough

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fried, or sometimes baked, turnover made from a round or square sheet of dough containing a filling, usually of meat or potatoes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Yiddish) a baked or fried turnover filled with potato or meat or cheese; often eaten as a snack

Etymologies

Yiddish, from Ukrainian knysh, probably of Turkic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Yiddish קניש (knish), from the Polish knysz and Ukrainian книш (knyš), from Turkic. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I'm still not big on trick-or-treating, but the knish is a good conversation piece and a way to get people talking about ghosts they'd rather not touch.

    Laura Silver: My Big Jewish Halloween Costume

  • The potato knish is the obvious choice for novices but the bakery keeps it fresh with seasonal flavors such as pumpkin for Halloween and newfangled choices like jalape ñ o cheddar.

    Old Flavors of the Lower East Side

  • If you hate that powdered concrete they call a knish mix, write and tell them so.

    A Case Of Conscience

  • The important thing is that a knish is a delicious little starchy thing and I try not to indulge in them too often!

    Blisstree

  • A knish is a fried or baked pastry filled with meat and vegetables.

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  • It seems to me "knish" better suits a lesbian, while gay guys would prefer a "Ka-Bob."

    Queer Sighted

  • At afternoon lunch, I sat in the common room nibbling on my potato knish, listening to Jo and Fanny, feeling as if my insides were made of India rubber and all their words bounced around without touching me.

    Deadly

  • HaveFun is right …. the unique healthful flavor of simple kosher food … the low-fat joys of chicken liver … the low-salt melange of pastrami and corned beef … the low-cholesterol beauty of schmaltz … the low-carb wonder of the knish …

    PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Amy” | Midtown Lunch - Finding Lunch in the Food Wasteland of NYC's Midtown Manhattan

  • You will, of course, keep us updated on the second date knish.

    We Battle Then We Feast | ATTACKERMAN

  • With the ticket money squirreled away, the thousands not spent on parking, plus the cash I wouldn't have squandered on $5 waters and $6 pretzels don't get me started on the steep cost of a squished knish, I'd now be in position to become an equity partner in the NY Mets.

    Lita Smith-Mines: Buy Me Some Peanuts and a Piece of the Mets

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  • Pun-filled delicacy over at Mexiknish.

    July 14, 2012

  • Done. Excellent suggestion. Tasty, too. :-)

    May 1, 2008

  • Reesetee, according to Prolagus's note on clannish, you really should add this to your "Gesundheit!" list. ;)

    May 1, 2008