One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A frankfurter or similar sausage.
- ‘All that can be said with any certainty is that in the closing decades of the 19th century frankfurters and wienies were being sold in buns in various cities in the USA.’
- ‘The essence of baseball food is a bun-wrapped wiener - be it hot dog, bratwurst or sausage.’
- ‘Billy and I sat across from each other eating hot wieners and sharing a plate of cheese fries.’
- ‘Is it the taste of the charred meat - steak, hamburger, wieners whatever - or dining out in the fresh air that raises exhilaration to such a high level?’
- ‘Sneer at hot dogs all you want but a well-made wiener is a thing of beauty.’
2vulgar slang A man's penis.
3informal A weak, socially inept, or boringly studious person.
idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clodView synonyms
- ‘After a while we find out there were more people in the basement, they were just too busy being wieners to come up.’
- ‘Aw, these weenies ain't gonna do nothing to us.’
- ‘Or maybe we do and that's why we're contemplating calling Bob a weenie, because he reminds us too much of cousin Eddie.’
- ‘Now, Manos's Master may look like a weenie with his slim build, pasty complexion, and prominent cheek bones, but the mustache is our first clue that he's a lady killer (literally).’
Early 20th century: abbreviation of German Wienerwurst ‘Vienna sausage’.
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