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sausage Line breaks: saus|age
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).

  • sauce from Middle English:

    This is another word that goes back to Latin sal salt, along with sausage (Late Middle English), and salsa (mid 19th century), which is simply the Spanish word for ‘sauce’. The Latin American dance the salsa (late 20th century) is so named because it is ‘saucy’. The expression what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander implies that both sexes should be able to behave in the same way. John Ray, who recorded the saying in his English Proverbs of 1670, remarked that ‘This is a woman's Proverb’. Cups now sit on saucers, but in the Middle Ages a saucer was used for holding condiments or sauces, and was usually made of metal. The description saucy originally simply meant ‘savoury, flavoured with a sauce’. In the early 16th century it began to refer to people and behaviour, meaning at first ‘impudent, presumptuous’, mellowing into ‘cheeky’, then taking on suggestive overtones.


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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