Definitions

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

  • n. A usually sweetened bread baked first as a loaf and later cut into slices and toasted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a usually sweetened bread enriched with eggs that is baked and then sliced and toasted until dry and crisp
  • n. a teething food for toddler children

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of biscuit or rusk first baked in a loaf and afterwards cut and toasted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Slices of bread made from a rich dough, which have been heated in an oven until they are thoroughly dried and are of a deep yellow color.

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

  • n. slice of sweet raised bread baked again until it is brown and hard and crisp

Etymologies

German : zwie-, twice (from Middle High German zwi-, from Old High German; see dwo- in Indo-European roots) + backen, to bake (from Middle High German, from Old High German bahhan, backan).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Zwieback, from zwie- "twi-" + backen "bake" (twice-baked), a calque of Italian biscotto. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Carefully made toast, "zwieback," and stale bread may be given to young children.

    School and Home Cooking

  • Beginning at the beginning and learning from the ground up was a long course for Bibbs at the sanitarium, with milk and "zwieback" as the basis of instruction; and the months were many and tiresome before he was considered near enough graduation to go for a walk leaning on a nurse and a cane.

    The Turmoil

  • But Beethoven was intellectually brought up on Enlightenment zwieback, and while his curiosity kept him current with the likes of Schiller and Schlegel and Fichte and Herder, he always kept Immanuel Kant, the defender of rationalism as a particular light.

    Logical conclusions

  • She smelled like sweat and powder and wet zwieback.

    DIAMOND RUBY

  • Duh, “zwieback,” shudda knowed it were 2 sumfings…I only tukked a semester of Choimin in gradumicationary skul.

    You had a baby. - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • He can probably eat crusts of toast, zwieback, baby cookies, whatever, to get him used to the idea of solids.

    How To Feed A Baby And Not Lose Consciousness Trying

  • A weekly 52-issue American comic is a dodgy idea, in some ways; a miniblog to review every issue of that series is an even dodgier one, especially given that I've got a book deadline in a few months and at least nominally have to write other stuff to put zwieback crackers in my baby's mouth.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • Wilhelm Meyerhoff, was a dull, lazy civil servant who couldn't find his breakfast zwieback without help.

    Garden of Beasts

  • He leaned forward to refill his cup with chocolate and place two zwieback biscuits on the saucer.

    Garden of Beasts

  • But the trooper pointed to each of the dishes as he laid them out and said, "That's cherry mos, that's zwieback, bratwurst, goat and lamb pie, sauerbraten, dill potatoes."

    A Maiden's Grave

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  • The Zwieback Motel is also mentioned in the Dr. Seuss Sleep Book.

    February 11, 2007

  • zwieback a twice-baked (atleast)word

    January 14, 2007