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burger

[bur-ger] /ˈbɜr gər/
noun
1.
a hamburger.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40, Americanism; extracted from hamburger by false analysis as ham1 + burger
Can be confused
burger, burgher.

Burger

[bur-ger] /ˈbɜr gər/
noun
1.
Warren Earl, 1907–1995, U.S. jurist: chief justice of the U.S. 1969–86.

-burger

1.
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.
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  • 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.
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British Dictionary definitions for burger

burger

/ˈbɜːɡə/
noun
1.
(informal)
  1. short for hamburger
  2. (in combination): a cheeseburger

Bürger

/German ˈbyrɡər/
noun
1.
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
n.

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

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

-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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Encyclopedia Article for burger

ground beef. The term is applied variously to (1) a patty of ground beef, sometimes called hamburg steak, Salisbury steak, or Vienna steak, (2) a sandwich consisting of a patty of beef served within a split bread roll, with various garnishes, or (3) the ground beef itself, which is used as a base in many sauces, casseroles, terrines, and the like. The origin of hamburger is unknown, but the hamburger patty and sandwich were probably brought by 19th-century German immigrants to the United States, where in a matter of decades the hamburger came to be considered an archetypal American food. The importance of the hamburger in American popular culture is indicated by its virtual ubiquity at backyard barbecues and on fast-food restaurant menus and by the proliferation of so-called hamburger stands and restaurants. Some chains, such as McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's, proliferated worldwide.

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