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.
- cooch behar,
- cook inlet,
- cook island māori,
- cook islands,
- cook shop,
- cook someone's goose
Origin of cook1
verb (used without object) Scot.
Origin of cook2
Examples from the Web for 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|Carla Hall|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Continue to cook until the sauce has reduced by three quarters.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries|Carla Hall|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
The grand jury decision “makes us a little bit more fearful to leave our homes every day,” Cook told me.
The cook here turned to me, saying that Mrs. Fairfax was waiting for me: so I departed.Jane Eyre|Charlotte Bronte
Cook until it forms a very thick jam, or until 223 degrees Fahrenheit is reached on the candy thermometer.Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book|Mary A. Wilson
Cook until tender in salted water long pieces of spaghetti, or fine macaroni.The Century Cook Book|Mary Ronald
Cook beans till well done, strain off the water, and set aside to cool.The Vegetarian Cook Book|E. G. Fulton
"He will melt if you leave him on that shelf near the hot stove," went on the cook.The Story of a Candy Rabbit|Laura Lee Hope
- 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