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[bur-ger] /ˈbɜr gər/
a hamburger.
a food patty, or patty on a bun, containing ingredients other than beef:
veggie or turkey burgers.
Origin of burger
1935-40, Americanism; extracted from hamburger by false analysis as ham1 + burger
Can be confused
burger, burgher.


[bur-ger] /ˈbɜr gər/
Warren Earl, 1907–1995, U.S. jurist: chief justice of the U.S. 1969–86.


a combining form extracted from hamburger, occurring in compounds the initial element of which denotes a special garnish for a hamburger or a substitute ingredient for the meat patty:
baconburger; cheeseburger; fishburger. Unabridged
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  • Vice-President burger said that he had not heard from the last speaker any reasons whatsoever for continuing the war.

    Three Years' War Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
  • You forget the ballad of burger, my dear Alexanderthe dead travel fast!

    The Corsican Brothers Alexandre Dumas
  • Citizenship carried with it special privileges, and this maker apparently recognised the honour by having "burger" after his name.

    The Violin George Hart
  • burger has reawakened it in Lenore, the greatest German ballad.

    Women of the Teutonic Nations Hermann Schoenfeld
  • burger says he has never seen a single picture by De Hooch that is not of the first rank.

British Dictionary definitions for burger


  1. short for hamburger
  2. (in combination): a cheeseburger


/German ˈbyrɡər/
Gottfried August (ˈɡɔtfriːt ˈauɡʊst). 1747–94, German lyric poet, noted particularly for his ballad Lenore (1773)
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Word Origin and History for burger

1939, American English, shortened from hamburger (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for burger


combining word

A sandwich made with cooked portions of what is indicated: beefburger/ cheeseburger/ snakeburger

[1930s+; The definition does not apply to hamburger, the source of the term. The suffix was probably first used by the comic-strip artist E C Segar, who coined goonburger in the mid1930s]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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