[ krout ]
/ kraʊt /


Informal. sauerkraut.
(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.

Origin of kraut

First recorded in 1915–20; by shortening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for kraut


/ (kraʊt) /

noun, adjective

slang a derogatory word for German

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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