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[saw-sij or, esp. British, sos-ij] /ˈsɔ sɪdʒ or, esp. British, ˈsɒs ɪdʒ/
minced pork, beef, or other meats, often combined, together with various added ingredients and seasonings, usually stuffed into a prepared intestine or other casing and often made in links.
Aeronautics. a sausage-shaped observation balloon, formerly used in warfare.
Origin of sausage
late Middle English
dialectal Old French
1400-50; late Middle English sausige < dialectal Old French sausiche < Late Latin salsīcia, neuter plural of salsīcius seasoned with salt, derivative of Latin salsus salted. See sauce, -itious
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sausagelike, adjective Unabridged
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finely minced meat, esp pork or beef, mixed with fat, cereal or bread, and seasonings (sausage meat), and packed into a tube-shaped animal intestine or synthetic casing
an object shaped like a sausage
(aeronautics, informal) a captive balloon shaped like a sausage
not a sausage, nothing at all
Derived Forms
sausage-like, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old Norman French saussiche, from Late Latin salsīcia, from Latin salsus salted; see sauce
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Word Origin and History for sausage

mid-15c., sawsyge, from Old North French saussiche (Modern French saucisse), from Vulgar Latin *salsica "sausage," from salsicus "seasoned with salt," from Latin salsus "salted" (see sauce).

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  1. A prizefighter, esp one with a swollen and battered face (1930s+)
  2. A stupid person; meathead (1940s+)
  3. A penis
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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