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[bur-ger] /ˈbɜr gər/
a hamburger.
Origin of burger
1935-40, Americanism; extracted from hamburger by false analysis as ham1 + burger
Can be confused
burger, burgher.


[bur-ger] /ˈbɜr gər/
Warren Earl, 1907–1995, U.S. jurist: chief justice of the U.S. 1969–86.


a combining form extracted from hamburger, occurring in compounds the initial element of which denotes a special garnish for a hamburger or a substitute ingredient for the meat patty:
baconburger; cheeseburger; fishburger. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for burger
  • The dream of moving freely has become the freedom of going from one burger to the other.
  • While you're eating your burger, your car battery is recharging.
  • Tracing her burger shows why eating ground beef is still a gamble.
  • The burger joint, complete with a drive-through window, will be jointly owned by the church and one of its members.
  • They will be animators, spin magical musical tales for children of all ages and make pots of money in video and burger tie-ins.
British Dictionary definitions for burger


  1. short for hamburger
  2. (in combination): a cheeseburger


/German ˈbyrɡər/
Gottfried August (ˈɡɔtfriːt ˈauɡʊst). 1747–94, German lyric poet, noted particularly for his ballad Lenore (1773)
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Word Origin and History for burger

1939, American English, shortened from hamburger (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for burger


combining word

A sandwich made with cooked portions of what is indicated: beefburger/ cheeseburger/ snakeburger

[1930s+; The definition does not apply to hamburger, the source of the term. The suffix was probably first used by the comic-strip artist E C Segar, who coined goonburger in the mid1930s]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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