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-

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British Dictionary definitions for baking (1 of 2)


/ (ˈbeɪkɪŋ) /


  1. the process of cooking bread, cakes, etc
  2. (as modifier)a baking dish
the bread, cakes, etc, cooked at one time


(esp of weather) very hot and dry

British Dictionary definitions for baking (2 of 2)


/ (beɪk) /



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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