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Pronunciation: /ˈsɒsɪdʒ

Definition of sausage in English:


1An item of food in the form of a cylindrical length of minced pork or other meat encased in a skin, typically sold raw to be grilled or fried before eating.
Example sentences
  • Though our story is about poultry, it could just as easily be about the pork chop, sausages, or salami sticks in your shopping basket.
  • In medieval Europe pork was certainly the meat most used in sausages, and pepper was the most common spice.
  • This simple pasta dish combines pork sausages with fresh fennel bulbs in a soft, subtly anise-flavoured sauce for spaghetti.
British informal banger
Australian informal snag
1.1 [mass noun] Minced and seasoned meat encased in a skin and cooked or preserved, sold mainly to be eaten cold in slices: smoked German sausage
More example sentences
  • The buffet is packed with stuff like sirloin, pork, shrimp, calamari, chicken, andouille and smoked sausage, as well as hamburger and hot dogs.
  • Pigs are usually slaughtered before Christmas, smoked, made into sausage, and preserved for use throughout the year.
  • Try salty, spicy or smoked meats, such as ham, sausage, cold cuts or wieners.
1.2 [usually as modifier] An object shaped like a sausage: her hair hung in glossy black sausage curls
More example sentences
  • He saw the soldiers and the land-girls, the silver sausage shapes of the barrage balloons in the sky, the occasional flight of marauder or defender aeroplanes droning aloft.
  • Form into sausage shapes and use to fill the courgettes.
  • Wet your hands well with cold water, and form the mixture into small, flattened sausage shapes about 8cm long.
2British Used as an affectionate form of address, especially to a child: ‘Silly sausage,’ he teased
More example sentences
  • However, he became such a silly sausage later on that I can't nominate any of his songs as my all time favourite.


late Middle English: from Old Northern French saussiche, from medieval Latin salsicia, from Latin salsus 'salted' (see sauce).


not a sausage

British informal Nothing at all: we heard nothing: not a sausage, not a mutter, not a murmur from the minister
More example sentences
  • It was zero, zippo, zilch, not a sausage, and not a single bill.
  • The season after they secured their 1976 treble, the team won not a sausage, losing to FC Zurich in the first round of the European Cup.
  • When asked about his fee for opening the store, he allegedly replied: ‘Not a sausage, I say, not a sausage.’
nothing, not a thing, not a single thing, not anything, nothing at all, nil, zero;
Northern English nowt
informal zilch, sweet Fanny Adams, sweet FA, nix, not a dicky bird
British informal damn all
North American informal zip, nada, a goose egg, bupkis
British vulgar slang bugger all, sod all, fuck all
archaic nought, naught

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