knock·​wurst | \ ˈnäk-(ˌ)wərst How to pronounce knockwurst (audio) also -ˌvu̇(r)st, sometimes -ˌvu̇sht \
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Definition of knockwurst

: a short thick heavily seasoned sausage

Examples of knockwurst in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among their items: pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, knockwurst and hot dogs. Rob Charry,, 5 Aug. 2021 Burgers like the Abe Froman topped with knockwurst, The Sophia Loren with mozzarella and artichoke pesto and The G.O.A.T. with goat cheese and spicy candied bacon, all served on pretzel buns. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Naperville Sun, 8 July 2018 Lunch will include knockwurst, red cabbage, carrots and potatoes, followed by birthday cake and ice cream. Courant Community, 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of knockwurst

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for knockwurst

German Knackwurst, from knacken to crackle (of imitative origin) + Wurst wurst

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The first known use of knockwurst was in 1851

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“Knockwurst.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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