from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A thin slice of fried or broiled bacon.
  • noun A dish or an order of thin slices of fried or broiled bacon.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A scorpænoid fish of California, Sebastichthys or Scbastodcs miniatus, of a red color variously marked. It is one of a large group of rock-fish or rock-cod, others of which no doubt have the same name.
  • noun In cookery, a slice of bacon, and formerly of any meat, for frying or broiling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A thin slice of bacon.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A California rockfish (Sebastichthys miniatus).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective comparative form of rash: more rash
  • noun A strip of bacon

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a commercially important fish of the Pacific coast of North America


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]


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  • These days, the rasher is spreading beyond the borders of breakfast and into dishes as varied as bacon martinis and bacon ice cream.

    Friday Open Thread (Blog for Democracy) 2009

  • Now whether Hannah was really deceived by the benevolent diplomacy of the good professor or not, I do not know; but at any rate her sensitive pride was hushed by the prospect held out of Ishmael's labor paying for the provisions, and -- as she had not tasted meat for three weeks and her very soul longed for a savory "rasher," she replied:

    Ishmael In the Depths Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth 1859

  • Just then Edward handed Doctor Instow a goodly rasher of broiled ham, upon which was a perfectly poached egg; and directly after the man came round behind Jack, and quietly placed before him, with a whisper of warning that the plate was very hot, another rasher of ham, and at the first sight of it the lad began to shrink, but at the second glance, consequent upon a brave desire not to show his repugnance, he saw that it was a different kind of rasher to the doctor's, and that there was no egg.

    Jack at Sea All Work and no Play made him a Dull Boy George Manville Fenn 1870

  • Well, things take an unfortunate and awkward turn when our favorite porcine diva figures out what the clues "eggs," "rasher" and "crisp" refer to.

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  • Never was made a rasher generalisation, based on so absolute an ignorance of facts.


  • Because she could not pick up the motorbike after a gravel rasher, and on bends she just did not have the weight to keep the bloody wheels on the tarmac.

    Motorcycle Daydream « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG Inspector Gadget 2009

  • RogerIngredients1 thick slice of white bread per person do not be tempted to use the pre-sliced "plastic" variety1 rasher of bacon per round of bread, preferably back bacon1-2 slices of red leicester or cheddar Vegetable oil for fryingWorcestershire sauce for garnish Place one or two slices of cheese, depending on thickness, on each slice of bread and press down hard – the cheese should cover the bread as far as possible.

    Family life 2011

  • Lie each rasher of bacon flat on a chopping board, then stretch with the flat of a knife blade to give a longer, thinner rasher.

    Tender delights Nigel Slater 2010

  • Cut the rasher of bacon in half and place on top of the cheese, ensuring the cheese is covered by the bacon, and again press down hard.

    Family life 2011

  • I said no more, consuming my rasher of bacon and pint of sickly tea in silence.



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  • from Dennis the Menace

    August 1, 2008

  • As in a 'rasher of bacon'.

    August 20, 2008

  • It's a fish.

    May 3, 2012