Origin of bake

before 1000; Middle English baken, Old English bacan, past participle bōc baked; cognate with Old High German bahhan, past buoh, Old Norse baka; akin to Dutch bakken, German backen, Greek phṓgein to roast; < IE alternating base *bheHog-, bhəg-
Related formsout·bake, verb (used with object), out·baked, out·bak·ing.o·ver·bake, verb, o·ver·baked, o·ver·bak·ing.pre·bake, verb, pre·baked, pre·bak·ing.re·bake, verb (used with object), re·baked, re·bak·ing.un·baked, adjectiveun·der·bake, verb (used with object), un·der·baked, un·der·bak·ing.well-baked, adjective
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Related Words for bake

heat, warm, simmer, melt, stew, scorch

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(tr) to cook by dry heat in or as if in an oven
(intr) to cook bread, pastry, etc, in an oven
to make or become hardened by heat
(intr) informal to be extremely hot, as in the heat of the sun


US a party at which the main dish is baked
a batch of things baked at one time
Scot a kind of biscuit
Caribbean a small flat fried cake

Word Origin for bake

Old English bacan; related to Old Norse baka, Old High German bahhan to bake, Greek phōgein to parch, roast
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Word Origin and History for bake

Old English bacan "to bake," from Proto-Germanic *bakanan (cf. Old Norse baka, Middle Dutch backen, Old High German bahhan, German backen), from PIE *bheg- "to warm, roast, bake" (cf. Greek phogein "to roast"), from root *bhe- "to warm" (see bath). Related: Baked (Middle English had baken); baking. Baked beans attested by 1803.


"social gathering at which baked food is served," 1846, American English, from bake (v.).

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