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
- 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.
cook the books
Falsify a company's financial records, as in An independent audit showed that they've been cooking the books for years. This slangy phrase was first recorded in 1636.
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