knock·​wurst ˈnäk-(ˌ)wərst How to pronounce knockwurst (audio)
 also  -ˌvu̇(r)st,
 sometimes  -ˌvu̇sht
variants or less commonly knackwurst
: a short thick heavily seasoned sausage

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Maienfels Biergarten Grab a tankard of German beer or a knockwurst platter at Maienfels Biergarten, 505 W. Mulberry St. John Coffren, Baltimore Sun, 25 May 2023 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of knockwurst was in 1851

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Cite this Entry

“Knockwurst.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


knock·​wurst ˈnäk-(ˌ)wərst How to pronounce knockwurst (audio)
: a short thick sausage

from German Knackwurst "knockwurst," from knacken "to crackle (when being fried)" and Wurst "sausage"

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