- to prepare (food) by the use of heat, as by boiling, baking, or roasting.
- to subject (anything) to the application of heat.
- Slang. to ruin; spoil.
- Informal. to falsify, as accounts: to cook the expense figures.
- to prepare food by the use of heat.
- (of food) to undergo cooking.
- to be full of activity and excitement: Las Vegas cooks around the clock.
- to perform, work, or do in just the right way and with energy and enthusiasm: That new drummer is really cooking tonight. Now you're cooking!
- to be in preparation; develop: Plans for the new factory have been cooking for several years.
- to take place; occur; happen: What's cooking at the club?
- a person who cooks: The restaurant hired a new cook.
- cook off, (of a shell or cartridge) to explode or fire without being triggered as a result of overheating in the chamber of the weapon.
- cook up, Informal.
- to concoct or contrive, often dishonestly: She hastily cooked up an excuse.
- to falsify: Someone had obviously cooked up the alibi.
- cook one's goose. goose(def 11).
- cook the books, Slang. to manipulate the financial records of a company, organization, etc., so as to conceal profits, avoid taxes, or present a false financial report to stockholders.
Origin of cook1
- to hide, especially outdoors, as by crouching down behind a hedge.
Origin of cook2
- Frederick Albert,1865–1940, U.S. physician and polar explorer.
- George Cram [kram] /kræm/, 1873–1924, U.S. novelist, dramatist, and poet.
- Captain James,1728–79, English navigator and explorer in the S Pacific, Antarctic Ocean, and along the coasts of Australia and New Zealand.
- Sir Joseph,1860–1947, Australian statesman, born in England: prime minister 1913–14.
- Mount. Also called Aorangi. a mountain in New Zealand, on South Island. 12,349 feet (3764 meters).
Examples from the Web for cook
Cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture is smooth.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding
December 28, 2014
Continue to cook until the sauce has reduced by three quarters.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries
December 24, 2014
In his response, Cook spoke sensitively about the very real danger present in the general pickup community.
“It's insane to see what the extreme version of that type of helpless anger combined with mental illness can create,” Cook wrote.
An older white woman, stopped Cook to ask, in strong New York accent, “Oh no, did they let him off?”‘They Let Him Off?’ Scenes from NYC in Disbelief
December 4, 2014
I've knocked about in all sorts of places, and it won't be the first time I've served as cook.Brave and Bold
"So is the cook usefully employed while preparing dinner," said Philip.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Now say, 'Emma, you are one in a million, and a cook besides.'
His father is away this week and there was no one in the house but the cook.
Cook the potatoes and onions in the water until they are soft.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
- to prepare (food) by the action of heat, as by boiling, baking, etc, or (of food) to become ready for eating through such a processRelated adjective: culinary
- to subject or be subjected to the action of intense heatthe town cooked in the sun
- (tr) slang to alter or falsify (something, esp figures, accounts, etc)to cook the books
- (tr) slang to spoil or ruin (something)
- (intr) slang to happen (esp in the phrase what's cooking?)
- (tr) slang to prepare (any of several drugs) by heating
- (intr) music slang to play vigorouslythe band was cooking
- cook someone's goose informal
- to spoil a person's plans
- to bring about someone's ruin, downfall, etc
- a person who prepares food for eating, esp as an occupation
- a mountain in New Zealand, in the South Island, in the Southern Alps: the highest peak in New Zealand. Height: reduced in 1991 by a rockfall from 3764 m (12 349 ft) to 3754 m (12 316 ft)Official name: Aoraki-Mount Cook
- a mountain in SE Alaska, in the St Elias Mountains. Height: 4194 m (13 760 ft)
- Captain James . 1728–79, British navigator and explorer: claimed the E coast of Australia for Britain, circumnavigated New Zealand, and discovered several Pacific and Atlantic islands (1768–79)
- Sir Joseph. 1860–1947, Australian statesman, born in England: prime minister of Australia (1913–14)
- Peter (Edward). 1937–95, British comedy actor and writer, noted esp for his partnership (1960–73) with Dudley Moore
- Robin, full name Robert Finlayson Cook . 1946–2005, British Labour politician; foreign secretary (1997–2001), Leader of the House (2001-2003)
- Thomas. 1808–92, British travel agent; innovator of conducted excursions and founder of the travel agents Thomas Cook and Son
Word Origin and History for cook
Old English coc, from Vulgar Latin cocus "cook," from Latin coquus, from coquere "to cook, prepare food, ripen, digest, turn over in the mind" from PIE root *pekw- "to cook" (cf. Oscan popina "kitchen," Sanskrit pakvah "cooked," Greek peptein, Lithuanian kepti "to bake, roast," Old Church Slavonic pecenu "roasted," Welsh poeth "cooked, baked, hot"). Germanic languages had no one native term for all types of cooking, and borrowed the Latin word (Old Saxon kok, Old High German choh, German Koch, Swedish kock).
There is the proverb, the more cooks the worse potage. [Gascoigne, 1575]
late 14c., from cook (n.); the figurative sense of "to manipulate, falsify, doctor" is from 1630s. Related: Cooked, cooking. To cook with gas is 1930s jive talk.