: preparing or serving food that can be cooked quickly to a customer's order
a short-order cook

Examples of short-order in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Liza’s hopefulness sounds a lot like her character Tina on The Bear, moving up from the short-order cook to a more vital member of the team in season 2. Diane Farr,, 15 Feb. 2024 His father was a short-order cook; his mother, a housekeeper. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 Diverse narrative strands carefully knit together involve, among other things, the Holy Grail, (Arthur) Schrodinger’s cat, amateur-theatrical Germans, revolutionary bros, Arthurian cosplayers and a short-order cook who might be something more … mystical. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2023 The first in his family to go to college, Lauretta paid his way as a short-order cook. David W. Brown, The New Yorker, 28 Sep. 2023 Waterhouse and the crew at Garden District grasp that burgers don’t demand a chef’s touch; the ideal preparation had been worked out long ago by countless backyard barbecuers and short-order cooks, who always understood that perfection lay in just a few choice ingredients. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2023 Command opened its flagship store at 2910 N College Ave in another former Starbucks in early 2020, serving a variety of coffee, tea and other select drinks alongside a small short-order food menu. Bradley Hohulin, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Sep. 2023 The short-order and short-lived shows of today have some feeling like itinerant workers forced to hop from writers room to writers room after four-to-eight weeks. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 11 July 2023 By 1922, the triumphant Daylight Limited service between Los Angeles and San Francisco offered travelers a short-order diner, open throughout its 13-hour trip. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of short-order was in 1900

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“Short-order.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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: preparing or serving food that can be cooked quickly when a customer orders it
a short-order cook
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