wie·​ner | \ ˈwē-nər How to pronounce wiener (audio) , ˈwē-nē How to pronounce wiener (audio) also ˈwi-nē How to pronounce wiener (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
plural wieners also weiners

Definition of wiener

1 : frankfurter, hot dog … on Monday night, locals will gather around fires to roast wieners, apples and marshmallows.— Stephen Terichow Parrott — see also wiener roast
2 slang : penis
3 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 This camping trip was dire, But here’s what hurt the most: Stood too close to the fire, And had a wiener roast. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2021 It’s a wiener wrapped in capicola, mortadella, salami and provolone tucked neatly into a cocoon of pizza dough. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2021 The wiener — really a hot dog, separated from its usual plebeian soft bun — glamps inside of a swirly croissant. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 May 2021 In today’s food truck era, logic might dictate that those flocking to the Wienermobile would have the opportunity to purchase an Oscar Mayer all-beef wiener, Smokies or even a Cheese Dog. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 7 Oct. 2020 The wiener ultimately becomes the hot dog, an American icon, while still connecting immigrants' descendants to their heritage. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 June 2020 Most Americans probably remember wandering around the campground as a child, looking for the perfect stick for roasting wieners and marshmallows. Popular Science, 16 Apr. 2020 Costco uses a quarter-pound all-beef wiener that’s longer than the bun. cleveland, 24 Feb. 2020 Ohio was the only state to choose party pinwheels, while cocktail wieners were very popular among other states. Briana Rice,, 30 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of wiener

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wiener

short for wienerwurst

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“Wiener.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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