Definitions for COOKkʊk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to prepare (food) by the use of heat, as by boiling, baking, or roasting.

  2. to subject (anything) to the application of heat.

  3. Slang. to ruin; spoil.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  4. Informal. to falsify, as accounts:

    to cook the books.

    Category: Informal

  5. (v.i.)to prepare food by the use of heat.

  6. (of food) to undergo cooking.

  7. take place or develop:

    What's cooking?

  8. Slang. to perform or do extremely well or with energy and style: to be full of activity and excitement.

    The band is really cooking tonight.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  9. cook off, (of a shell or cartridge) to explode or fire without being triggered as a result of overheating in the weapon chamber.

    Category: Military, Verb Phrase

  10. cook up, Informal. to concoct or contrive, esp. falsely:

    to cook up an excuse.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Informal

  11. (n.)a person who cooks.

Origin of cook:

bef. 1000; (n.) ME cok(e), OE cōc (cf. OS kok, OHG choh, ON kokkr) < L cocus, coquus, der. of coquere to cook; akin to Gk péptein (see peptic ); (v.) late ME coken, der. of the n.



  1. Captain James, 1728–79, English explorer of the S Pacific, Antarctica, and the coasts of Australia and New Zealand.

    Category: Biography

  2. Mount.

    Category: Geography (places)

    Ref: Also called Aorangi.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cook(noun)

    someone who cooks food

  2. Cook, James Cook, Captain Cook, Captain James Cook(verb)

    English navigator who claimed the east coast of Australia for Britain and discovered several Pacific islands (1728-1779)

  3. cook(verb)

    prepare a hot meal

    "My husband doesn't cook"

  4. cook, fix, ready, make, prepare(verb)

    prepare for eating by applying heat

    "Cook me dinner, please"; "can you make me an omelette?"; "fix breakfast for the guests, please"

  5. cook(verb)

    transform and make suitable for consumption by heating

    "These potatoes have to cook for 20 minutes"

  6. fudge, manipulate, fake, falsify, cook, wangle, misrepresent(verb)

    tamper, with the purpose of deception

    "Fudge the figures"; "cook the books"; "falsify the data"

  7. cook(verb)

    transform by heating

    "The apothecary cooked the medicinal mixture in a big iron kettle"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. cook(verb)ʊk

    to prepare food with heat

    Who's cooking dinner tonight?; I never have time to cook.

  2. cookʊk

    (of food) to be heated until it is ready to eat

    The potatoes take 15 minutes to cook.

  3. cook(noun)ʊk

    sb who cooks

    a professional cook; I'm not a good cook.


  1. Cook(ProperNoun)

    An English surname.

  2. Origin: From coken, from * (compare gecocsian, gecocnian), from kokōnan, from coquo, from pekʷ-. Cognate with koken, kochen, koka, afigen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cook(verb)

    to make the noise of the cuckoo

  2. Cook(verb)

    to throw

  3. Cook(noun)

    one whose occupation is to prepare food for the table; one who dresses or cooks meat or vegetables for eating

  4. Cook(noun)

    a fish, the European striped wrasse

  5. Cook(verb)

    to prepare, as food, by boiling, roasting, baking, broiling, etc.; to make suitable for eating, by the agency of fire or heat

  6. Cook(verb)

    to concoct or prepare; hence, to tamper with or alter; to garble; -- often with up; as, to cook up a story; to cook an account

  7. Cook(verb)

    to prepare food for the table


  1. Cook

    A cook is a person who prepares food for consumption. In Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Canada this profession requires government approval. A cook is sometimes referred to as a chef, although in the professional kitchen, the terms are not interchangeable.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. COOK

    A charitable institution, providing food and shelter for Policemen.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'COOK' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2497

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'COOK' in Verbs Frequency: #500

Translations for COOK

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who cooks, especially for a living

She was employed as a cook at the embassy.

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