Definitions

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

  • n. A short, thick, highly seasoned sausage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A highly seasoned scalded sausage made from beef, pork, and fatty tissue similar to a frankfurter, but shorter and thicker.

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

  • n. short thick highly seasoned sausage

Etymologies

German Knackwurst : knacken, to crack (from Middle High German, of imitative origin) + Wurst, sausage; see wurst.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the German noun Knackwurst, itself from German knacken ("to crack, crackle") + Wurst ("sausage"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Women seem directed towards them more than men – in recent years alone, shiny leggings, which make the most svelte 17-year-old girl look as if she's walking on two overstuffed knackwurst, and the harem pant, a trouser any rational society would put behind bars to prevent harm coming to the public.

    Alexis Petridis: Heavy irony

  • Lunch might find us at a tavern washing down bratwurst, kielbasa and knackwurst with pints of beer.

    Little Country, Big Impact

  • Anyway, after spending five weeks eating (and loving) bratwurst, knackwurst, liverwurst, Braunschweiger, and sauerkraut, I decided to make a few changes.

    2008 July « TalentedApps

  • Later immigrants introduced novelties from other nationalities: knackwurst, pizzas and hamburgers are fully assimilated by now.

    Rio De Janeiro

  • In France the wretched angry fulminating hero has come to be as common in bookshops as choucroute garnie in restaurants — despairing sauerkraut, a side dish to the knackwurst of middle-class Prometheanism.

    Saul Bellow on Moralism

  • In general, we preferred those with deeper char -- kielbasa, knackwurst, and weisswurst -- to those without.

    Lederhosen: 650 vetterillian stars

  • CAFFERTY: Probably getting you and old knackwurst, if you know where to look over there.

    CNN Transcript Apr 22, 2004

  • That sausage is lundaknake, a pungent type of pork and beef knackwurst made only here, and only by Holmgrens & Company.

    NYT > Home Page

  • When I stopped in, several kinds of sausages immediately made their way into my shopping basket: Grobe bratwurst, fine bratwurst, knackwurst and Weisswurst, though I really wished I'd been able to try each of Siegi's 22 sausages and "lunch meats."

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • Lead on to a deli salad trio platter and soup special, to all-beef franks, knackwurst or polish sausage.

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