cooking

[ koo k-ing ]
/ ˈkʊk ɪŋ /

noun

the act of a person or thing that cooks.
the art or practice of preparing food; cookery.

adjective

used in preparing foods: a cooking utensil.
fit to eat when cooked (distinguished from eating): cooking apples.

Nearby words

  1. cooch behar,
  2. coochie,
  3. cooee,
  4. cooey,
  5. coof,
  6. cook inlet,
  7. cook island māori,
  8. cook islands,
  9. cook shop,
  10. cook someone's goose

Origin of cooking

First recorded in 1635–45; cook1 + -ing1, -ing2

Related formsself-cook·ing, adjective

Origin of cook

1
before 1000; (noun) Middle English cok(e), Old English cōc (compare Old Norse kokkr, German Koch, Dutch kok) < Latin cocus, coquus, derivative of coquere to cook; akin to Greek péptein (see peptic); (v.) late Middle English coken, derivative of the noun

Related formscook·a·ble, adjectivecook·less, adjectiveun·cook·a·ble, adjective

cook

2
[ kook, koo k ]
/ kuk, kʊk /

verb (used without object) Scot.

to hide, especially outdoors, as by crouching down behind a hedge.

Origin of cook

2
1780–90; perhaps blend of Middle English couche bend, stoop (see couch) and Middle English croke bend, stoop (see crooked)

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British Dictionary definitions for cooking

cook

/ (kʊk) /

verb

noun

a person who prepares food for eating, esp as an occupation
See also cook up

Derived Formscookable, adjectivecooking, noun

Word Origin for cook

Old English cōc (n), from Latin coquus a cook, from coquere to cook

Cook

1
/ (kʊk) /

noun Mount Cook

a mountain in New Zealand, in the South Island, in the Southern Alps: the highest peak in New Zealand. Height: reduced in 1991 by a rockfall from 3764 m (12 349 ft) to 3754 m (12 316 ft)Official name: Aoraki-Mount Cook
a mountain in SE Alaska, in the St Elias Mountains. Height: 4194 m (13 760 ft)

Cook

2
/ (kʊk) /

noun

Captain James . 1728–79, British navigator and explorer: claimed the E coast of Australia for Britain, circumnavigated New Zealand, and discovered several Pacific and Atlantic islands (1768–79)
Sir Joseph. 1860–1947, Australian statesman, born in England: prime minister of Australia (1913–14)
Peter (Edward). 1937–95, British comedy actor and writer, noted esp for his partnership (1960–73) with Dudley Moore
Robin, full name Robert Finlayson Cook . 1946–2005, British Labour politician; foreign secretary (1997–2001), Leader of the House (2001-2003)
Thomas. 1808–92, British travel agent; innovator of conducted excursions and founder of the travel agents Thomas Cook and Son
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Word Origin and History for cooking
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with cooking

cook

In addition to the idioms beginning with cook

  • cook someone's goose
  • cook the books
  • cook up
  • cook with gas

also see:

  • chief cook and bottlewasher
  • short order (cook)
  • too many cooks spoil the broth
  • what's cooking
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