[ap-uh l-saws]


apples stewed to a soft pulp and sometimes sweetened or spiced with cinnamon.
Slang. nonsense; bunk.

Origin of applesauce

First recorded in 1730–40; apple + sauce Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for apple sauce

apple sauce


a purée of stewed apples often served with pork
US and Canadian old-fashioned, slang nonsense; rubbish
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Word Origin and History for apple sauce



by 1739, American English, from apple + sauce. Slang meaning "nonsense" is attested from 1921 and was noted as a vogue word early 1920s. Mencken credits it to cartoonist T.A. ("Tad") Dorgan. DAS suggests the word was thus used because applesauce was cheap fare served in boardinghouses.

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