Also, wienerwurst [wee-ner-wurst, -woorst] .

1865–70, Americanism; < German, short for Wiener Wurst Viennese sausage Unabridged


Norbert, 1894–1964, U.S. mathematician: pioneer in cybernetics. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To wiener
World English Dictionary
wiener or wienerwurst (ˈwiːnə, ˈwiːnəˌwɜːst)
(US), (Canadian) wienie, Also called: weenie a kind of smoked beef or pork sausage, similar to a frankfurter
[C20: shortened from German Wiener Wurst Viennese sausage]
wienerwurst or wienerwurst (ˈwiːnə, ˈwiːnəˌwɜːst, ˈwiːnɪ)
[C20: shortened from German Wiener Wurst Viennese sausage]

Wiener (ˈwiːnə)
Norbert (ˈnɔːbət). 1894--1964, US mathematician, who developed the concept of cybernetics

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1904, shortening of wienerwurst (1889), from Ger. Wiener "of Vienna" (from Wien "Vienna," from L. Vindo-bona, from Gaulish vindo-, from Celt. vindo- "white;" cf. O.Ir. find, Welsh gwyn "white;" see Gwendolyn) + Wurst "sausage." Clipped form wienie is attested from 1911.
Extensive pejorative senses developed from its penis-like shape.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica


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.

Learn more about wiener with a free trial on

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
The humble wiener dog's stubby little legs hold a clue to both human dwarfism and evolution as a whole, a new study says.
Animal lovers may also opt for a genuine wiener dog, in your choice of breeds.
The wiener prater also houses a planetarium and the prater museum.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature