1. Informal. sauerkraut.
  2. (often initial capital letter) Older Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a German, especially a German soldier during World War I or II.

noun, adjective

  1. slang a derogatory word for German

“a German” (especially a German soldier), 1841, but popularized during World War I, from German kraut “cabbage,” considered a characteristic national dish.

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