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burger

[ bur-ger ]
/ ˈbɜr gər /
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noun
a hamburger.
a food patty, or patty on a bun, containing ingredients other than beef: veggie or turkey burgers.
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Origin of burger

1935–40, Americanism; extracted from hamburger by false analysis as ham1 + burger

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH burger

burger , burgher

Other definitions for burger (2 of 3)

Burger
[ bur-ger ]
/ ˈbɜr gər /

noun
Warren Earl, 1907–1995, U.S. jurist: chief justice of the U.S. 1969–86.

Other definitions for burger (3 of 3)

-burger

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.
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WORDS THAT USE -BURGER

What does -burger mean?

The combining formburger is used like a suffix indicating a kind of hamburger or other patty in a sandwich bun.

The form –burger comes from the end of the word hamburger, meaning “a sandwich consisting of a cooked patty of ground beef in a roll or bun.” The word hamburger itself comes from a shortening of a dish named Hamburger steak, from the German city of Hamburg.

Examples of -burger

An example of a word you may have encountered that features –burger is veggieburger, or vegeburger, “a flat cake of chopped seasoned vegetables that is grilled or fired and often served in a bread roll.”

The veggie part of veggieburger is short for “vegetable,” and the –burger part of the word means “burger.” Veggieburger literally means “vegetable burger.”

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What are some other forms that –burger may be commonly confused with?

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Given the meaning of the form –burger, what kind of dish is a baconburger?

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British Dictionary definitions for burger (1 of 2)

burger
/ (ˈbɜːɡə) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for burger (2 of 2)

Bürger
/ (German ˈbyrɡər) /

noun
Gottfried August (ˈɡɔtfriːt ˈauɡʊst). 1747–94, German lyric poet, noted particularly for his ballad Lenore (1773)
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