Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A frankfurter, especially one served hot in a long soft roll. Also called red-hot.
  • n. Slang One who performs showy, often dangerous stunts, as in skiing or surfing.
  • interj. Informal Used to express delight or enthusiasm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. An expression of delight or enthusiasm
  • interj. An expression of disappointment
  • n. A food consisting of a frankfurter, or wiener, in a bread roll, usually served with ketchup, mustard, relish, etc.
  • n. A sausage of the type used as a general ingredient in sense 1 (above).
  • n. A show-off or daredevil, especially in such sports as surfing, skateboarding, or skiing.
  • n. A battered, deep-fried sausage or saveloy on a stick.
  • v. To perform a dangerous or difficult act or stunt as a display of skill or daring.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked; often served on a bread roll
  • n. someone who performs dangerous stunts to attract attention to himself
  • n. a frankfurter served hot on a bun

Etymologies

1894 (US), both the sense of frankfurter in a roll, and of show-off. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Whenever one of these guys swung, a tremendous w-h-o-o-s-h was felt across Tiger Stadium, blowing hot dog wrappers around, rippling the flags, and causing small boys to hold onto their caps.

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  • He and the other boys on the cleanup crew spent their days wandering the midways using long sticks, with nails extending from one end, to spear paper cups and hot dog wrappers as if they were hunting lions on the Serengeti.

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  • • Air-conditioned concession stands, restrooms and ticket booths at each quadrant of the playing field so spectators can continue to watch the game while grabbing a hot dog or using the restroom;

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  • I had a sense of segregation because you couldn't go in Cresser's and get a hot dog or drink from the fountain, still couldn't do that, and probably for me the most important thing was I could not sit on the front row at the Carousel Parade.

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  • Those in Summit County with ties back East may recognize a familiar icon as they peruse Main St. in Breckenridge: the vibrant yellow and red umbrella of a Vienna Beef hot dog stand.

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  • Yes, in some cases food is servedpigs feet, beef jerky, maybe a hot dog on a bun.

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  • Jacob leaned back against my knees and toyed with the hot dog he had spitted on a straightened wire hanger; the flames at the edge of the bonfire licked along its blistered skin.

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  • Usage here.

    October 23, 2008

  • There is no fixed specification for hot dog meat, with pork and beef being the most popular ingredients. Less expensive hot dogs typically contain some pork, but are primarily chicken, due to the low cost and availability of mechanically separated chicken. Hot dogs are generally regarded as unhealthy insofar as most have high sodium, fat and nitrate content.
    _Wikipedia

    February 17, 2008