noun \ˈkk\

: someone who prepares and cooks food for eating at home, in a restaurant, etc.

Full Definition of COOK

:  a person who prepares food for eating
:  a technical or industrial process comparable to cooking food; also :  a substance so processed

Examples of COOK

  1. <the hearty meals prepared by the cook at summer camp>

Origin of COOK

Middle English, from Old English cōc, from Latin coquus, from coquere to cook; akin to Old English āfigen fried, Greek pessein to cook
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to COOK

Other Food Terms

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: to prepare (food) for eating especially by using heat

: to go through the process of being cooked

: to happen or take place

Full Definition of COOK

intransitive verb
:  to prepare food for eating especially by means of heat <French cooking>
:  to undergo the action of being cooked <the rice is cooking now>
:  occur, happen <find out what was cooking in the committee>
:  to perform, do, or proceed well <the jazz quartet was cooking along> <the party cooked right through the night>
transitive verb
:  concoct, fabricate —usually used with up <cooked up a scheme>
:  to prepare for eating by a heating process
:  falsify, doctor <cooked the books with phony spending cuts and accounting gimmickry — Colleen O'Connor>
:  to subject to the action of heat or fire
cook·able \ˈk-kə-bəl\ adjective
cook one's goose
:  to make one's failure or ruin certain

Examples of COOK

  1. Cook the onions over low heat.
  2. She cooked a great meal.
  3. The fish was cooked in a white wine sauce.
  4. Carrots can be cooked, but they are often eaten raw.
  5. We're too busy to cook at home.
  6. He enjoys cooking on the weekends.
  7. The rice is still cooking, but it will be ready in 10 minutes.
  8. There's something cooking, but he won't say what.

First Known Use of COOK

14th century


biographical name \ˈkk\

Definition of COOK

James 1728–1779 Eng. navigator & explorer


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