verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to be full of activity and excitement: Las Vegas cooks around the clock.
- to perform, work, or do in just the right way and with energy and enthusiasm: That new drummer is really cooking tonight. Now you're cooking!
- to be in preparation; develop: Plans for the new factory have been cooking for several years.
- to take place; occur; happen: What's cooking at the club?
- to concoct or contrive, often dishonestly: She hastily cooked up an excuse.
- to falsify: Someone had obviously cooked up the alibi.
Origin of cook1
verb (used without object) Scot.
Origin of cook2
Related Words for cookservant, baker, chef, poach, sear, reduce, griddle, ruin, seethe, melt, barbecue, bake, imbue, blanch, scald, nuke, doctor, fix, parboil, parch
Examples from the Web for cook
Contemporary Examples of cook
Cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture is smooth.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding
December 28, 2014
Continue to cook until the sauce has reduced by three quarters.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries
December 24, 2014
In his response, Cook spoke sensitively about the very real danger present in the general pickup community.
“It's insane to see what the extreme version of that type of helpless anger combined with mental illness can create,” Cook wrote.
An older white woman, stopped Cook to ask, in strong New York accent, “Oh no, did they let him off?”‘They Let Him Off?’ Scenes from NYC in Disbelief
December 4, 2014
Historical Examples of cook
I've knocked about in all sorts of places, and it won't be the first time I've served as cook.Brave and Bold
"So is the cook usefully employed while preparing dinner," said Philip.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Now say, 'Emma, you are one in a million, and a cook besides.'
His father is away this week and there was no one in the house but the cook.
Cook the potatoes and onions in the water until they are soft.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
- to spoil a person's plans
- to bring about someone's ruin, downfall, etc
Word Origin for cook
noun Mount Cook
Old English coc, from Vulgar Latin cocus "cook," from Latin coquus, from coquere "to cook, prepare food, ripen, digest, turn over in the mind" from PIE root *pekw- "to cook" (cf. Oscan popina "kitchen," Sanskrit pakvah "cooked," Greek peptein, Lithuanian kepti "to bake, roast," Old Church Slavonic pecenu "roasted," Welsh poeth "cooked, baked, hot"). Germanic languages had no one native term for all types of cooking, and borrowed the Latin word (Old Saxon kok, Old High German choh, German Koch, Swedish kock).
There is the proverb, the more cooks the worse potage. [Gascoigne, 1575]
late 14c., from cook (n.); the figurative sense of "to manipulate, falsify, doctor" is from 1630s. Related: Cooked, cooking. To cook with gas is 1930s jive talk.
In addition to the idioms beginning with cook
- cook someone's goose
- cook the books
- cook up
- cook with gas
- chief cook and bottlewasher
- short order (cook)
- too many cooks spoil the broth
- what's cooking