kraut

kraut

[krout]
noun
1.
Informal. sauerkraut.
2.
(often initial capital letter) Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a German, especially a German soldier during World War I or World War II.

Origin:
1915–20; by shortening

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Kraut (kraʊt)
 
n, —adj
slang a derogatory word for German
 
[from German (Sauer)kraut, literally: (pickled) cabbage]

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Kraut
"a German" (esp. a German soldier), 1841, but popularized during World War I, from Ger. kraut "cabbage," considered a characteristic national dish.
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