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Origin of burger

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


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


  1. 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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Related Words for burger

burger, beefburger, cheeseburger, hamburger

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


  1. Gottfried August (ˈɡɔtfriːt ˈauɡʊst). 1747–94, German lyric poet, noted particularly for his ballad Lenore (1773)
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Word Origin and History for burger

1939, American English, shortened from hamburger (q.v.).

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