follow Dictionary.com

Why turkey has the same name as Turkey

hamburger

[ham-bur-ger] /ˈhæmˌbɜr gər/
noun
1.
a sandwich consisting of a cooked patty of ground or chopped beef, usually in a roll or bun, variously garnished.
2.
ground or chopped beef.
3.
Also called Hamburg steak. a patty of ground or chopped beef, seasoned and fried or broiled.
Also, hamburg
[ham-burg] /ˈhæm bɜrg/ (Show IPA)
.
Also called beefburger.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; short for Hamburger steak; see -er1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for hamburg-steak

hamburger

/ˈhæmˌbɜːɡə/
noun
1.
a flat fried cake of minced beef, often served in a bread roll Also called Hamburger steak, beefburger
Word Origin
C20: shortened from Hamburger steak (that is, steak in the fashion of Hamburg)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for hamburg-steak

hamburger

n.

1610s, "native of Hamburg;" the meat product so called from 1884, hamburg steak, named for the German city of Hamburg, though no certain connection has ever been put forth, and there may not be one unless it be that Hamburg was a major port of departure for German immigrants to United States. Meaning "a sandwich consisting of a bun and a patty of grilled hamburger meat" attested by 1912. Shortened form burger attested from 1939; beefburger was attempted 1940, in an attempt to make the main ingredient more explicit, after the -burger had taken on a life of its own as a suffix (cf. cheeseburger, first attested 1938).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for hamburg-steak

hamburger

noun
  1. A scarred and unvictorious prizefighter
  2. A hobo or mendicant
  3. An inferior racing dog (1940s+)
Related Terms

make hamburger (or hash or mincemeat) out of someone or something


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for hamburger

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for hamburg

15
18
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with hamburg-steak

Nearby words for hamburg-steak