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[steyk] /steɪk/
a slice of meat or fish, especially beef, cooked by broiling, frying, etc.
chopped meat prepared in the same manner as a steak.
Origin of steak
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English steike < Old Norse steik meat roasted on a stick Unabridged
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  • I had also kep some good coffee warm for her, and some toast and steak.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 4. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • Burn the steak he will if I lave him with it, and Moike knows the sort of a bed he makes.

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys Gulielma Zollinger
  • It takes from ten to fifteen minutes to cook, according to the thickness of the steak.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • Put it in a moderate oven for two or three hours, until the steak is tender.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • Then he shoved the steak into his mouth and waved a big hand.

British Dictionary definitions for steak


See beefsteak
any of various cuts of beef of varying quality, used for braising, stewing, etc
a thick slice of pork, veal, etc, or of a large fish, esp cod or salmon
minced meat prepared in the same way as steak: hamburger steak
Word Origin
C15: from Old Norse steik roast; related to steikja to roast on a spit; see stick1
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Word Origin and History for steak

mid-15c., "thick slice of meat cut for roasting," probably from Old Norse steik "roast meat," cognate with steikja "to roast on a spit," and ultimately "something stuck" (on a spit); related to stick (v.).

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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