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Russian sausage making


From late Middle English sawsiche, from Anglo-Norman sausiche (compare Norman saûciche), from Late Latin salsīcia (compare Sicilian sausizza, Spanish salchicha, Italian salsiccia), feminine of salsīcius (seasoned with salt), derivative of Latin salsus (salted), from sal (salt). More at salt. Doublet of saucisse. See also Sicilian sausizza. Displaced native Old English mearh.



sausage (countable and uncountable, plural sausages)

  1. A food made of ground meat (or meat substitute) and seasoning, packed in a section of the animal's intestine, or in a similarly cylindrical shaped synthetic casing; a length of this food.
  2. A sausage-shaped thing.
  3. (vulgar slang) The penis.
  4. (informal) A term of endearment.
    my little sausage
    • 2019, Paullina Simons, Inexpressible Island (End of Forever):
      “Algernon, you silly sausage. Now you want to marry me? Don't you remember we were already engaged to be married, and then I broke it off with you?”
  5. (military, archaic) A saucisse.[2]
  6. A dachshund; sausage dog.
  7. (rhyming slang) Short for sausage roll (the dole; unemployment).
    I got fired and I'm back on the sausage again.



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sausage (third-person singular simple present sausages, present participle sausaging, simple past and past participle sausaged)

  1. To squeeze tightly into something.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 15: Circe]”, in Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare and Company, [], →OCLC, part II [Odyssey], page 481:
      He is sausaged into several overcoats and wears a brown macintosh under which he holds a roll of parchment.
    • 2009, Paul Kenyon, I Am Justice: A Journey Out of Africa, Preface Publishing, The Random House Group, →ISBN, page 92:
      He leapt to his feet, carefully sausaged his screwdrivers in a roll beneath his arm and turned to reach into the box.
    • 2011, Michelle Dalton, Sixteenth Summer, Simon Pulse, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, →ISBN, page 90:
      Now it was my turn to whip my wrap off the ground. I quickly sausaged myself within it while simultaneously dusting sand off my arms and legs.
    • 2012, Mary Elizabeth Moloney, Elizabeth: Learning to Dress Myself from the Inside Out, Heart Whisperings, →ISBN, page 253:
      No longer able to wear white socks and slippers, she wore Tet Hose that sausaged her swollen feet and legs.
    • 2012, Katrina Onstad, Everybody Has Everything, Emblem, McClelland & Stewart, →ISBN, page 116:
      Knit blankets sausaged their legs.
    • 2012, Emily Perkins, The Forrests, Bloomsbury Circus, →ISBN, page 87:
      In the top drawer were neatly piled thermals and socks sausaged into pairs.
    • 2015, Tyrone Geronimo Johnson, Welcome to Braggsville, William Morrow, →ISBN, pages 150–151:
      Socks she sausaged like everyone else, but T-shirts she folded and stacked like a factory worker.
    • 2014 March/April, Caitlin Crawshaw, “The Other F-word”, in Briarpatch, volume 43, number 2, page 5:
      Filled to bursting with IV fluids, the skin on my hips is taut; it feels like I’ve sausaged myself into pantyhose five sizes too small.
    • 2015, Helen Wickes, World as You Left It: Poems, Sixteen Rivers Press, →ISBN, page 59:
      Oh well, yes, I sausaged myself into the dark-blue wool—quite proper—and walked forever to the 21 Club where Dad was being tossed out—raging, whining—I hadn’t, I’ve told you already—seen him in years.
    • 2016, Christopher Carr, Mayday, 2nd edition, SynergEbooks, →ISBN, page 51:
      Dressing in a flash, she sausaged on her skinny jeans and sleeveless camo top with peek-a-boo sides for boob aficionados.
    • 2017, Karen Polinsky, Dungeness, Fairfield, Calif.: Bink Books, Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company, →ISBN, page 20:
      In her arms, an infant sausaged inside a rolled cedar mat.
    • 2017, Kevin Shaw, Smaller Hours, Icehouse Poetry, Goose Lane Editions, →ISBN, page 20:
      My soldier has pulled the maid’s apron from the mannequin in the larder, and sausaged his hairy thighs inside splitting the lace and seams, []
    • 2017 December 25, “The Scrapbook: A Surcharge on the Charge, Sir”, in The Weekly Standard, volume 23, number 16, page 2, column 1:
      There’s nothing worse than having cashed out the college fund so that Mom and Dad and Buddy and Sis can afford airfare to Wally World, only to find out that they are additionally facing bag fees and snack fees, and soon enough, there will likely be a fee to have the 350-pound man sausaged next to Sis in the middle seat keep his meaty elbows out of her ribcage.
  2. To make into sausage.
    • 1904, M[ilburg] F[rancisco] Mansfield, B[lanche] McM[anus], Romantic Ireland, volume II, Boston, Mass.: L[ouis] C[oues] Page & Company, page 99:
      There is no escaping the Limerick pig. In single file, in battalions, as solitary scout, alive or dead, baconed and sausaged, he dominates the town.
    • 1938, Dion Fortune, The Sea Priestess, York Beach, Me.: Samuel Weiser, Inc., published 1989, →ISBN, page 245:
      I mayn’t know much about pigs, but I know a lot about Muckley, and there must be something pretty wrong with any pigs that he wouldn’t risk sausaging.
    • 1965, Landmark, Waukesha County Historical Society, page 16:
      At butchering time, they kept three pigs for their own use, smoking, brining, and sausaging the meat, and trying the lard.
    • 1987, Susan Quinn, A Mind of Her Own: The Life of Karen Horney, Summit Books, Simon & Schuster, Inc., →ISBN, pages 246–247:
      Long afterward Renate remembered “the pigs squeaking and jerking while coming down a funnel in which they were shorn…on their way to getting quartered and sausaged” and the elevator that “released one steer at a time” to be “greeted with a blow of a sledge hammer on his head.”
    • a. 1994, John James, edited by Caitlín Matthews and John Matthews, The Fourth Gwenevere, Jo Fletcher Books, Quercus Editions Ltd., published 2014, →ISBN, page 47:
      The fresh meat was sausaged into the tripes of pig and deer and ox, because the time for salting was not yet come.
    • 1992 September, Leslie Land, “High on the Hog”, in House & Garden, volume 164, number 9, page 62, column 2:
      So I took the lot and had much of it custom-smoked, then I roasted, fried, grilled, sautéed, stir-fried, stewed, braised, and sausaged the rest.
  3. To make sausage-like, especially to give the appearance of barely fitting into the casing or skin.
  4. (engineering) To form a sausage-like shape, with a non-uniform cross section.


  1. ^ Jespersen, Otto (1909) A Modern English Grammar on Historical Principles (Sammlung germanischer Elementar- und Handbücher; 9)‎[1], volume I: Sounds and Spellings, London: George Allen & Unwin, published 1961, § 10.82, page 315.
  2. ^ 1881, Thomas Wilhelm, A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

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