- 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.
Idioms about cook
Origin of cook1
OTHER WORDS FROM cookcook·a·ble, adjectivecookless, adjectiveun·cook·a·ble, adjective
Words nearby cook
Other definitions for cook (2 of 3)
Origin of cook2
Other definitions for cook (3 of 3)
How to use cook in a sentence
Jennifer follows her passions and takes us readers and cooks to places we might not go to if she didn't lead us there.
Mirsani’s sister, Ilhama Safarova, was among the contributing cooks.This new Azerbaijani bakery offers stories as good as its pastries|Tom Sietsema|February 26, 2021|Washington Post
Colleagues have become very patient about me cooking while on calls with them, and my boss always politely offers to call back at a more convenient time when met with the boys chanting “go away, go away” at him.
Portland’s Lex Grant has cooked in the NBA bubble and for Oprah Winfrey.The Snow Didn’t Stop. Neither Did Chef Lex Grant.|Brooke Jackson-Glidden|February 25, 2021|Eater
Some people find it helpful to label things with the date they were purchased or cooked.A third of all food in the U.S. gets wasted. Fixing that could help fight climate change.|Sarah Kaplan|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
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.
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|Jacob Siegel|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She did not need a great cook-book; She knew how much and what it took To make things good and sweet and light.
The camp grew still, except for the rough and ready cook pottering about the fire, boiling buffalo-meat and mixing biscuit-dough.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
It is to be feared that like the sauce of sauces in the hands of the inexperienced cook, the result is more than doubtful.
The voice of duty called her to the kitchen, where her cook patiently awaited her inevitable, and always painful, audience.
They stood outside the window and the cook passed them their coffee and a roll, which they drank and ate from the window-sill.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for cook (1 of 3)
- to spoil a person's plans
- to bring about someone's ruin, downfall, etc
Derived forms of cookcookable, adjectivecooking, noun
Word Origin for cook
British Dictionary definitions for cook (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for cook (3 of 3)
Other Idioms and Phrases with cook
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