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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
hot dog

also hotdog, "sausage on a split roll," c.1890, popularized by cartoonist T.A. Dorgan. It is said to echo a 19c. suspicion (occasionally justified) that sausages contained dog meat. Meaning "someone particularly skilled or excellent" (with overtones of showing off) is from 1896. Connection between the two senses, if any, is unclear. Hot dog! as an exclamation of approval was in use by 1906.

Wiktionary
hot dog

alt. 1 An expression of delight or enthusiasm 2 An expression of disappointment interj. 1 An expression of delight or enthusiasm 2 An expression of disappointment n. 1 A food consisting of a frankfurter, or wiener, in a bread roll, usually served with ketchup, mustard, relish, etc. 2 A sausage of the type used as a general ingredient in sense 1 (above). 3 A show-off or daredevil, especially in such sports as surfing, skateboarding, or skiing. 4 (context NZ English) A battered, deep-fried sausage or saveloy on a stick. vb. (context intransitive slang English) To perform a dangerous or difficult act or stunt as a display of skill or daring.

WordNet
hot dog
  1. n. someone who performs dangerous stunts to attract attention to himself [syn: hotdog]

  2. a frankfurter served hot on a bun [syn: hotdog, red hot]

  3. a smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked; often served on a bread roll [syn: frank, frankfurter, hotdog, dog, wiener, wienerwurst, weenie]

Wikipedia
Hot dog

A hot dog (also spelled hotdog) is a cooked sausage, traditionally grilled or steamed and served in a sliced bun as a sandwich. Hot dog variants include the corn dog and pigs in blankets. Typical hot dog garnishes include mustard, ketchup, onions, mayonnaise, relish, coleslaw, cheese, chili, olives, and sauerkraut.

The sausages were culturally imported from Germany and popularized in the United States, where they were a working class street food sold at hot dog stands and carts and came to be associated with baseball and the U.S. Hot dog preparation and condiment styles vary regionally in the United States. Although linked in particular with New York City and New York City cuisine, the hot dog became ubiquitous throughout the United States during the 20th century, notably becoming an important part of Chicago street cuisine. The hot dog's cultural traditions include the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest and the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

Hot Dog (song)

"Hot Dog" is the fourth track on Led Zeppelin's 1979 album In Through the Out Door. It is the only song on the album not co-written by bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones. A rollicking tune done in the style of a country hoe-down, it features some rockabilly-like vocals from singer Robert Plant.

Hot Dog (TV series)

Hot Dog is a Saturday morning documentary series for children, seen on NBC from September 12, 1970 to September 4, 1971. Created by Frank Buxton and co-produced by Buxton and Lee Mendelson, the program was notable for its hosts -- Jo Anne Worley, comedian Jonathan Winters and writer and actor Woody Allen. The pilot was televised on NBC March 28, 1970, which starred Worley, Allen and Tom Smothers, who was replaced with Winters when the show became a series.

Based on Buxton's travels as a comedian (and later, as host of the ABC series, Discovery), which took him on tours to various factories, Hot Dog explained, in a humorous manner, how we do things (such as snore) and how things were made (such as the eponymous hot dogs and their buns, plus condiments like mustard).

Seventy topics were covered during the course of this series, which lasted thirteen episodes and rerun the rest of the season. NBC won a Peabody award for the series in 1970.

Some of the music in this series was performed by The Youngbloods.

Hot Dog (album)

Hot Dog is an album by jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded for the Blue Note label in 1969 and featuring Donaldson with Ed Williams, Charles Earland, Melvin Sparks, and Leo Morris.

The album was awarded 2½ stars in an Allmusic review by Steve Huey who states "A wildly erratic slice of funky soul-jazz in keeping with Lou Donaldson's late-'60s commercial accessibility, Hot Dog isn't a total washout, but it's just as hit-and-miss as many of Donaldson's albums from the era (even if you are a fan of the style)... Hot Dog does have some worthwhile moments; it's just a pity the overall finished product isn't more consistent". The album featured Donaldson utilizing the varitone amplification system for his saxophone.

Usage examples of "hot dog".

The mouth-watering aroma of hot dogs and popcorn rode the warm air that gushed out of cavernous vents in the ceiling.