A hotdog is a "frankfurter," a hunk of meat in a bun. Get one at the hotdog stand at a baseball game and slather it with ketchup and mustard for an all-American meal.

The name "frankfurter" illustrates the hotdog’s German heritage — the original came from Frankfurt, Germany, based on a similar pork sausage. There was a suspicion in the 1800s that they were made from dog meat, which is where hotdog came from. If someone calls you a hotdog, they mean you're a daredevil or a risk-taker. Also, you can say “hotdog!” to express delight, kind of like “woohoo!” Hotdog!

Definitions of hotdog
  1. noun
    a frankfurter served hot on a bun
    synonyms: hot dog, red hot
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    chili dog
    a hotdog with chili con carne on it
    type of:
    two (or more) slices of bread with a filling between them
  2. noun
    a smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked; often served on a bread roll
    synonyms: dog, frank, frankfurter, hot dog, weenie, wiener, wienerwurst
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    Vienna sausage
    short slender frankfurter usually with ends cut off
    type of:
    highly seasoned minced meat stuffed in casings
  3. noun
    someone who performs dangerous stunts to attract attention to himself
    synonyms: hot dog
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    type of:
    exhibitionist, show-off, showboat
    someone who deliberately behaves in such a way as to attract attention
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