[ ap-uh l-saws ]
/ ˈæp əlˌsɔs /


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

Nearby words

  1. appleknocker,
  2. apples,
  3. apples and oranges,
  4. apples and pears,
  5. apples of the hesperides,
  6. appleseed,
  7. appleseed, johnny,
  8. applet,
  9. appleton,
  10. appleton layer

Origin of applesauce

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

Examples from the Web for applesauce

Word Origin and History for applesauce



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper