: a large bowl-shaped cooking utensil used especially in stir-frying

Examples of wok in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Drain the noodles and add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the wok or skillet. cleveland, 15 Aug. 2023 Drain and wipe down the wok, returning it to the heat. Michael A. Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 July 2023 Here, executive chef Richard Chen serves a menu of dim sum, wok dishes, and more. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Mar. 2023 The latter two, both cooked using a wok, represent the fusion of Chinese and Peruvian sensibilities that defines much of the country’s gastronomy. Sofia Andrade, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2023 It can be cooked in a wok, but a typical skillet will do the trick. Sofia Andrade, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2023 Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a wok or skillet over high heat until smoking. cleveland, 15 Aug. 2023 Heat a large cast-iron skillet or wok over high until smoking, 3 to 5 minutes. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2023 Another blasted a batch of rigatoni in a perforated wok wreathed in flames. Matt Goulding, Travel + Leisure, 7 July 2023 See More

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Word History


Chinese (Guangdong) wohk

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wok was in 1952

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“Wok.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wok. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a large bowl-shaped cooking utensil used especially in making Chinese food


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