WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
spaetz•le  (shpetslə, -səl, -slē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Fooda dish consisting of lumps or threads made from a batter of flour, milk, eggs, and salt, usually poured through a coarse colander into boiling water, and then either drained and mixed in butter, lightly pan-fried, or added to sauces, stews, etc.
  • German (dialect, dialectal) Spätzle, diminutive of Spatz dumpling, sparrow, Middle High German, derivative of spar sparrow

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