\ ˈwäk How to pronounce wok (audio) \

Definition of wok

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

Examples of wok in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beef, which came from Spain in the 1600s, sears nicely in a hot wok. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 The 658-page cookbook grew out of a chapter on the wok that had been edited out of his first cookbook. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 5 Apr. 2022 The rice was done, the miso soup was warm, and the vegetables were all sliced and arranged in separate piles in a large dish, ready for the wok. Adrienne Lafrance, The Atlantic, 29 Mar. 2022 The 658-page cookbook grew out of a chapter on the wok that had been edited out of his first cookbook. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 21 Mar. 2022 Heat the empty wok over high heat until lightly smoking. J. Kenji López-alt, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Mar. 2022 Place a wok or skillet, with a diameter wide enough to accommodate your steamer, over medium-high heat, fill with just enough water to reach the bottom rim of the steamer, and bring to a very gentle simmer, decreasing the heat as needed. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 Toast Sichuan peppercorns in a dry wok over high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 21 Mar. 2022 But Gott says there was a bigger learning curve when trying to cook in a wok. Rachel Ng, Outside Online, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of wok

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wok

Chinese (Guangdong) wohk

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16 May 2022

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“Wok.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wok. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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