[ap-uh l-saws]
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Origin of applesauce

First recorded in 1730–40; apple + sauce Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for applesauce

hogwash, bunk, hooey, nonsense, rubbish, malarkey, fudge, pulp, poppycock, hokum

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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