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hot dog Syllabification: hot dog
Pronunciation: /ˈhä(d) ˌdäɡ/

Definition of hot dog in English:


1A frankfurter, especially one served hot in a long, soft roll and topped with various condiments: he’s ordering a hot dog a package of hot dogs
More example sentences
  • The essence of baseball food is a bun-wrapped wiener - be it hot dog, bratwurst or sausage.
  • On Sundays, the bar opens its kitchen, serving burgers, hot dogs, and pizza.
  • Fresh meat is lower in sodium than luncheon meat, bacon, hot dogs, sausage and ham.
2North American informal A person who shows off, especially a skier or surfer who performs stunts or tricks.
Example sentences
  • The viewers in my house were all worried about redneck/macho reactions among competitors when Kobayashi first won the hot dog round and then went on to win the grand prize.
  • And with spectacular past performances in hot dog waves as a guide - talent wise - Tim has what it takes to go wire-to-wire.


North American informal Back to top  
Used to express delight or enthusiastic approval: hot dog! I’ve finally found something I can do that you can’t


(hotdog) (hotdogs, hotdogging, hotdogged) [no object] North American informal Back to top  
Perform stunts or tricks; show off: he chastised the dancers who’d been hotdogging


Example sentences
  • The hotdoggers also got 40 hours of training on the Wienermobile under the supervision of the Madison police.
  • Her brother, Josh De Los Reyes - a former hotdogger and labor and industrial relations graduate student - arranged for the famous frankfurter to surprise her outside the Union on Tuesday.
  • The hotdoggers traditionally give out whistles shaped like the Wienermobile; the first was distributed in 1951.


Late 19th century: originally US college slang, probably influenced by a popular belief that the sausages contained dog meat.

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