Definition of rusk in English:



  • 1A light, dry biscuit or piece of twice-baked bread, especially one prepared for use as baby food.

    • ‘Consequently, the first foods to pass Oscar's lips (when they didn't stick to his face, hair and fingers) were not baby rice, rusks and gloop out of a jar.’
    • ‘This sleepover, on Monday 15 December, comes complete with a light supper and breakfast rusks.’
    • ‘I remember polishing off my rusks, knocking back my baby milk and jumping down from my high chair to assist.’
    • ‘A midnight snack of raw horse meat and rusks was followed later by a walk and a hearty breakfast of egg, milk and cornflakes.’
    • ‘Pensioners got their promised increase, but only R50-which will allow some to buy shoes or rusks and one to save towards a remote for her television because she is too frail to get up and change channels.’
    • ‘I mean, what did they think little Charlotte was going to do: storm the front benches and hold the leader of the house hostage at dummy-point until she achieved free rusks for all?’
    • ‘What I recall is that, for the first time, one of the teams wasn't dressed in green and gold, as had been the case the year before, when my dad woke me up with coffee and rusks to watch the Springboks take on the All Blacks in New Zealand.’
    • ‘If they were no-added-sugar celery flavoured rusks, then they'd probably be not bad for you at all.’
    • ‘And even a plate of chocolate bourbons and some wet rusks aren't going to calm me down now.’
    • ‘Before you can open your eyes and ask for milk and rusks, you have a birth certificate and National Insurance number slapped on you.’
    • ‘Consider the cost of 36 nappy changes a day, 24 feeds, five tubs of baby formula and four and a half boxes of rusks per week.’
    • ‘Wheat-based foods which contain gluten, for example, breakfast cereals, wheat flour or rusks.’
    • ‘Visitors can also elect to go on guided tours of the zoo which include slide shows, drinks, rusks and marshmallows around the bonfire.’
    • ‘The bread has dwindled by now to crumbs and rusks.’
    • ‘Dry Weetbix, children's rusks and Berocca were just some of the substances the iron men and women of Tindal had to swallow.’
    • ‘‘We snuggled back into bed for a good read, rusks and coffee,’ she says.’
    • ‘And the more we do to perpetuate the myths surrounding motherhood, the more unbearable we make the cross to bear for those who don't find it all rusks and baby bottles.’
    • ‘When she started weaning Cameron on to ‘mushy’ food such as wheat-based rusks, his health deteriorated further - and it wasn't just eczema any more.’
    • ‘The traditional cheese and Marmite rusks have been well and truly supplanted.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun]Twice-baked bread used in foods such as sausages, and formerly as rations at sea.
      • ‘Following a dramatic pause - during which you wonder if it's also 20% rusk and 10% water - we're told that it's actually farm-reared, organic, golden, Wiltshire farm chicken.’
      • ‘‘I use oatmeal instead of rusk, which I think gives them better flavour,’ he says.’
      • ‘The delicacy, a combination of congealed pigs' blood, fat and rusk encased in a length of intestine, is closely related to German blutwurst, French boudin noir and Spanish morcilla.’
      • ‘Sharing a common origin with the modern biscuit, medieval rusks were known as panis biscoctus (meaning ‘twice-cooked bread’) and were used as a form of preserved bread to provision armies and ships at sea.’
      • ‘He was standing at the sausage-filling machine, having just packed it with a delicious-smelling mix of minced pork, herbs and rusk.’
      • ‘Sausages have traditionally been regarded as anathema to slimmers because they often include a lot of bread and rusk.’
      • ‘If I were a perfectionist I'd say they are still a tad lean, so we added a bit more fat for the second batch, which used oatmeal for rusk instead of breadcrumbs, and included a load of sage and thyme from the garden.’
      • ‘The simplicity of sausage-making fascinated me as I watched Jonathan sprinkle the rusks and seasonings over the meat.’
      • ‘Similarly, those healthier lower-fat pork sausages are probably padded out with wheat rusk.’
      • ‘The Lancashire town of Bury is famed for black pudding, a regional delicacy consisting of congealed pigs' blood, fat, and rusk, encased in a length of intestine.’


Late 16th century: from Spanish or Portuguese rosca twist, coil, roll of bread, of unknown ultimate origin.