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[wee-ner] /ˈwi nər/
Also, wienerwurst
[wee-ner-wurst, -woo rst] /ˈwi nərˌwɜrst, -ˌwʊərst/ (Show IPA)
1865-70, Americanism; < German, short for Wiener Wurst Viennese sausage


[wee-ner] /ˈwi nər/
Norbert, 1894–1964, U.S. mathematician: pioneer in cybernetics. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for wiener


(US & Canadian) a kind of smoked beef or pork sausage, similar to a frankfurter Also called wienie, weenie (ˈwiːnɪ)
Word Origin
C20: shortened from German Wiener Wurst Viennese sausage


Norbert (ˈnɔːbət). 1894–1964, US mathematician, who developed the concept of cybernetics
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Word Origin and History for wiener

1904, shortening of wienerwurst (1889), from German Wiener "of Vienna" (from Wien "Vienna," from Latin Vindo-bona, from Gaulish vindo-, from Celt. vindo- "white;" cf. Old Irish find, Welsh gwyn "white;" see Gwendolyn) + Wurst "sausage." Clipped form wienie is attested from 1911. Extensive pejorative senses developed from its penis-like shape.

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Slang definitions & phrases for wiener


  1. A short line of type, esp an isolated one at the top of a column or page (1904+ Print shop & publishing)
  2. A spare hand dealt in certain card games (1891+ Cardplaying)
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Encyclopedia Article for wiener


highly seasoned sausage, traditionally of mixed pork and beef. Frankfurters are named for Frankfurt am Main, Ger., the city of their origin, where they were sold and eaten at beer gardens.

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