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  1. Informal. sauerkraut.
  2. (often initial capital letter) Older Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a German, especially a German soldier during World War I or II.
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Origin of kraut

First recorded in 1915–20; by shortening
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Historical Examples of kraut

  • They made Kraut sit with them at the jabbering feast, the only mortal there.

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    George Meredith

  • Kraut cut some paper into bits, folded them up, and dropped them into a cap.


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  • Or was it just a rear-guard holding the Brigade up while Kraut evacuated Mikocheni?

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  • Its chemical properties have also been the object of very extensive researches by Pfeiffer, Kraut, and Lassen.

  • Only we'll never be able to fly far enough into Kraut territory to see anything.

British Dictionary definitions for kraut


noun, adjective
  1. slang a derogatory word for German
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Word Origin for Kraut

from German (Sauer) kraut, literally: (pickled) cabbage
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Word Origin and History for kraut



"a German" (especially a German soldier), 1841, but popularized during World War I, from German kraut "cabbage," considered a characteristic national dish.

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