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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 heard what you said when Lonesome ate up the steak, and I thought maybe you hadn't been for a long time.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Norah, will you try to have the steak a little more underdone?

  • One man who had no gridiron cooked a piece of steak on the kitchen tongs.

    Harding's luck E. [Edith] Nesbit
  • Even in restaurants she ordered one or another kind of steak.

    Lease to Doomsday Lee Archer
  • He looked into the pantry, and found half-a-dozen eggs, and a slice of steak.

    Rufus and Rose Horatio Alger, Jr
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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