Dutch oven



Dutch has the dated pejorative sense of substitute, inferior, ersatz, etc. due to the ingenuity of poor Germanic immigrants settling in the Anglosphere in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The first definition of this term carries the sense of a cheap substitute for a proper oven.


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Dutch oven (plural Dutch ovens)

  1. A large metal cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. A portable oven consisting of a metal box, with shelves, placed before an open fire.
  3. (rail transport) A protective cover for electrical contacts on a railway coupler, particularly but not exclusively used on the London Underground.[1]
  4. (slang) The situation where a person breaks wind under the bedcovers, sometimes pulling them over a bedmate's head as a prank.
  5. A room or vehicle full of marijuana smoke.
  6. The very end of a Dutch Masters cigar that has been rerolled with marijuana. This usage of the term is said to originate in New Brunswick, New Jersey.[2]
  7. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see Dutch,‎ oven.



  1. ^ "Tubeprune" (accessed 2006-11-12), “Coupling, Handing and UNDMs - Automatic Couplers”, in (Please provide the title of the work)Couplers
  2. ^ Ferraro, Chris. Marijuana and College Culture, pg. 19