Dutch oven

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Dutch (substitute, inferior, ersatz) + oven. See Dutch for more information on the now obsolete sense that the term is derived from.

The cigar sense is said to originate in New Brunswick, New Jersey.[1]


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Dutch oven (plural Dutch ovens)

  1. A large metal cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid.
    • 1780, William Cowper, letter, 5 June:
      I heard the most uncommon and unaccountable noise that can be imagined. It was, in fact, occasioned by the clattering of tin pattypans and a Dutch oven against the sides of the panniers.
  2. A portable oven consisting of a metal box, with shelves, placed before an open fire.
  3. (rail transport) A protective cover for electrical contacts on a railway coupler, particularly but not exclusively used on the London Underground.[2]
  4. (slang) The situation where a person breaks wind under the bedcovers, sometimes pulling them over a bedmate's head as a prank.
  5. A room or vehicle full of marijuana smoke.
  6. (slang) The very end of a Dutch Masters cigar that has been rerolled with marijuana.
  7. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see Dutch,‎ oven.



Dutch oven (third-person singular simple present Dutch ovens, present participle Dutch ovening, simple past and past participle Dutch ovened)

  1. (slang) To break wind beneath one's bedcovers or some other enclosed space.
    • 2012 May 7, “Dinosaur Flatulence Dutch-Ovened the Jurassic Period”, in Slate[1]:
    • 2022 August 17, Brittany Sims, “The View’s Whoopi Goldberg was 'scared' for granddaughter to join reality show- but gave her 'best' advice about new gig”, in The Sun[2]:
      Robin Williams and Billy Crystal standing in an elevator, and Robin Williams was just farting his life away. I guess they were Dutch-ovening each other, just basking in the ambiance of farts.


  1. ^ Ferraro, Chris. Marijuana and College Culture, pg. 19
  2. ^ "Tubeprune" (accessed 2006-11-12), “Coupling, Handing and UNDMs - Automatic Couplers”, in (please provide the title of the work)Couplers