variants or less commonly weiner
plural wieners also weiners
: frankfurter, hot dog
… on Monday night, locals will gather around fires to roast wieners, apples and marshmallows.Stephen Terichow Parrott
see also wiener roast
slang : penis
informal : an awkward, weak, or ineffectual person
Now the little wiener makes himself out to be the hero …Garrison Keillor

Examples of wiener in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pair with After Eight mints or even a wiener schnitzel with ample black pepper. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 Drew Barrymore felt like a real wiener on her 49th birthday. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2024 The meat and cold cuts company, a subsidiary of food giant Kraft Heinz, says in the job listing that the lucky wieners will get paid $35,600. Katherine Itoh, NBC News, 9 Jan. 2024 In addition to the beer, there’s an art tent, plenty of German food, warm pretzels, cigars, wiener races, a glockenspiel, tribute bands, sand sculptures and many other activities. Marc Bona, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2023 The foundation beneath is also imperative: a natural casing, all beef (nearly always from the local wiener maestros at Vienna Beef), tucked inside a poppy-seed bun. J. J. Goode, New York Times, 14 Aug. 2023 While hot dogs are typically processed or made with just beef, hot wieners are a mixture of beef, pork, and veal. Brittany Bowker,, 16 Aug. 2023 Hot wieners from Olneyville New York System, paired with fries and coffee milk. Brittany Bowker,, 16 Aug. 2023 The midcentury brainchild of the Original New York System restaurant, they are also called hot wieners, gaggers and Greek lobsters, though never hot dogs. J. J. Goode, New York Times, 14 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


short for wienerwurst

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wiener was in 1880

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Cite this Entry

“Wiener.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition



from German Wienerwurst "Vienna sausage," from Vienna, capital of Austria

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Wie·​ner ˈwē-nər How to pronounce Wiener (audio)
Norbert 1894–1964 American mathematician

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