Definition for cooking (2 of 3)
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
Definition for cooking (3 of 3)
verb (used without object) Scot.
Examples from the Web for cooking
Drain immediately and immerse the beans in ice water to stop the cooking.
There, she and other mothers can take ministry-sponsored courses, including on cooking and avoiding marital conflict.Allah, Mom, and Baklava: Turkish President Uses Mothers and Kids as Political Pawns|Xanthe Ackerman|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cooking and taking care of the rooms – this is an industry that is reserved for women.
Hosts are vetted carefully, both for their cooking and entertaining skills.
Cooking up scientific explanations of the plagues has been a pastime for years.Liberian Pastors Blame Ebola on Gays, The Right Blames Obama|Jay Michaelson|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A very few were reading or writing letters, the rest busy with their cooking or talking to one another.Impressions of South Africa|James Bryce
"Seems good to taste somebody's cooking besides your own," he apologized.Jim Spurling, Fisherman|Albert Walter Tolman
On that day he was responsible for the dinner,—the cooking, catering, buying and serving.Days of the Discoverers|L. Lamprey
My mother had to do all the cooking on a flat stone on the floor with another standing up behind it.Old Rail Fence Corners|Various
He was too young to do much but he had helped with the cooking.The Stronghold|Miriam Haynie
British Dictionary definitions for cooking (1 of 3)
- to spoil a person's plans
- to bring about someone's ruin, downfall, etc
Word Origin for cook
British Dictionary definitions for cooking (2 of 3)
noun Mount Cook
British Dictionary definitions for cooking (3 of 3)
Idioms and Phrases with cooking
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