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[koo k-boo k] /ˈkʊkˌbʊk/
a book containing recipes and instructions for cooking.
Also, British, cookery book.
Origin of cookbook
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10; cook1 + book Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Some of it might come out of a cookbook," said Betty demurely.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
  • Suddenly Rebecca Mary was on her feet, waving the cookbook jubilantly.

    Rebecca Mary Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • Really all you need to know how to cook is a cookbook and intelligence.

    Winona of the Camp Fire Margaret Widdemer
  • For dessert—well, maybe I can find a new pie or pudding in the cookbook.

    Miss Billy Married Eleanor H. Porter
  • "And now for the dessert," she finished, pouncing on the cookbook.

    Miss Billy Married Eleanor H. Porter
Word Origin and History for cookbook

1809, from cook + book (n.). Earlier was cookery book (1630s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cookbook



Routine; mechanical; unimaginative: All he did was adopt the cookbook solution (1970s+)


  1. A chemistry laboratory manual (1950s+ Students)
  2. ny guide, manual, protocol, etc: We use a cookbook of procedures (1970s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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