stopped or closed with a cork.
blackened with burnt cork.

Origin of corked

First recorded in 1510–20; cork + -ed3
Related formswell-corked, adjective




the outer bark of an oak, Quercus suber, of Mediterranean countries, used for making stoppers for bottles, floats, etc.
Also called cork oak. the tree itself.
something made of cork.
a piece of cork, rubber, or the like used as a stopper, as for a bottle.
Angling. a small float to buoy up a fishing line or to indicate that a fish is biting.
Also called phellem, suber. Botany. an outer tissue of bark produced by and exterior to the phellogen.

verb (used with object)

to provide or fit with cork or a cork.
to stop with or as if with a cork (often followed by up).
to blacken with burnt cork.


    blow/pop one's cork, Informal. to lose one's temper; release one's emotional or physical tension.

Origin of cork

1275–1325; Middle English cork(e) < Arabic qurq < Latin quercus oak
Related formsre·cork, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for corked

Contemporary Examples of corked

  • We corked what was left of the wines, and headed back out into the heat, a little wiser about the whole what-goes-with-what thing.

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    The Secrets of Matchmaking

    Katie Workman

    August 11, 2009

  • Corked glass bottles of spices, infused oils and vinegars beckon from antique cupboards like jewels.

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    A Superstar Chef Does the Unthinkable

    Amelia Smith

    November 17, 2008

Historical Examples of corked

  • He looked like a huge, overgrown schoolboy with a corked moustache.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • The neck of the bottle was not corked up: a way to the interior was now open.

    Victorian Worthies

    George Henry Blore

  • I can't do a highwayman in nothing but a pair of corked moustaches!

  • They were corked and in wooden cases, which protected them perfectly.

    The Silent Bullet

    Arthur B. Reeve

  • The Banshee corked the bottle and held it up proudly to the light.

    David and the Phoenix

    Edward Ormondroyd

British Dictionary definitions for corked



Also: corky (of a wine) tainted through having a cork containing excess tannin
(postpositive) British a slang word for drunk



a county of SW Republic of Ireland, in Munster province: crossed by ridges of low mountains; scenic coastline. County town: Cork. Pop: 447 829 (2002). Area: 7459 sq km (2880 sq miles)
a city and port in S Republic of Ireland, county town of Co Cork, at the mouth of the River Lee: seat of the University College of Cork (1849). Pop: 186 239 (2002)
Gaelic name: Corcaigh



the thick light porous outer bark of the cork oak, used widely as an insulator and for stoppers for bottles, casks, etc
a piece of cork or other material used as a stopper
an angling float
Also called: phellem botany a protective layer of dead impermeable cells on the outside of the stems and roots of woody plants, produced by the outer layer of the cork cambium


made of corkRelated adjective: suberose

verb (tr)

to stop up (a bottle, cask, etc) with or as if with a cork; fit with a cork
(often foll by up) to restrainto cork up the emotions
to black (the face, hands, etc) with burnt cork
Derived Formscorklike, adjective

Word Origin for cork

C14: probably from Arabic qurq, from Latin cortex bark, especially of the cork oak
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Word Origin and History for corked



c.1300, from Spanish alcorque "cork sole," probably via Arabic and ultimately from Latin quercus "oak" (see Quercus) or cortex (genitive corticis) "bark" (see corium).


place in Ireland, anglicized from Irish Corcaigh, from corcach "marsh."



1570s, "to put a cork sole on a shoe," from cork (n.)). Meaning "to stop with a cork" is from 1640s. Related: Corked; corking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

corked in Science



The outermost layer of tissue in woody plants that is resistant to the passage of water vapor and gases and that becomes the bark. Cork is secondary tissue, formed on the outside of the tissue layer known as cork cambium. The cell walls of cork cells contain suberin. Once they mature, cork cells die. Also called phellem
The lightweight, elastic outer bark of the cork oak, which grows near the Mediterranean Sea. Cork is used for bottle stoppers, insulation, and other products.
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