from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To prepare (food) for eating by applying heat.
  • transitive v. To prepare or treat by heating: slowly cooked the medicinal mixture.
  • transitive v. Slang To alter or falsify so as to make a more favorable impression; doctor: disreputable accountants who were paid to cook the firm's books.
  • intransitive v. To prepare food for eating by applying heat.
  • intransitive v. To undergo application of heat especially for the purpose of later ingestion.
  • intransitive v. Slang To happen, develop, or take place: What's cooking in town?
  • intransitive v. Slang To proceed or perform very well: The band really got cooking after midnight.
  • n. A person who prepares food for eating.
  • cook up Informal To fabricate; concoct: cook up an excuse.
  • idiom cook (one's) goose Slang To ruin one's chances: The speeding ticket cooked his goose with his father. Her goose was cooked when she was caught cheating on the test.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who prepares food for a living.
  • n. The head cook of a manor house
  • v. To prepare (food) for eating by heating it, often by combining it with other ingredients.
  • v. To prepare (unspecified) food for eating by heating it, often by combining it with other ingredients.
  • v. To be being cooked.
  • v. To be uncomfortably hot.
  • v. To hold onto (a grenade) briefly after igniting the fuse, so that it explodes almost immediately after being thrown.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make the noise of the cuckoo.
  • transitive v. To throw.
  • n. One whose occupation is to prepare food for the table; one who dresses or cooks meat or vegetables for eating.
  • n. A fish, the European striped wrasse.
  • transitive v. To prepare, as food, by boiling, roasting, baking, broiling, etc.; to make suitable for eating, by the agency of fire or heat.
  • transitive v. To concoct or prepare; hence, to tamper with or alter; to garble; -- often with up.
  • intransitive v. To prepare food for the table.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make fit for eating by the action of heat, as in boiling, stewing, roasting, baking, etc.; especially, to prepare in an appetizing way, as meats or vegetables, by various combinations of materials and flavoring.
  • Hence In general, to subject to the action of heat.
  • To dress up, alter, color, concoct, or falsely invent (a narrative, statement, excuse, etc.), for some special purpose, as that of making a more favorable impression than the facts of the case warrant; falsify: often followed by up: as, to cook up a story.
  • To disappoint; punish. Brockett. [Prov. Eng.]—To cook one's goose, to kill or ruin one; spoil ones plan; do for one.
  • To prepare food for eating; act as cook.
  • n. One whose occupation is the cooking of food.
  • To make the noise uttered by the cuckoo.
  • To appear for a moment and then suddenly disappear; appear and disappear by turns: as, he cookit round the corner.
  • Same as cuck.
  • In tobacco manufacturing, to overheat (tobacco) in the process of sweating in bulk, depriving it of the power of heating up again. This happens when the temperature is kept long at 65° F. or raised still higher.
  • n. Same as cook-fish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. prepare for eating by applying heat
  • v. transform and make suitable for consumption by heating
  • v. tamper, with the purpose of deception
  • v. prepare a hot meal
  • v. transform by heating
  • n. English navigator who claimed the east coast of Australia for Britain and discovered several Pacific islands (1728-1779)
  • n. someone who cooks food


Middle English coken, from coke, cook, from Old English cōc, from Vulgar Latin *cōcus, from Latin cocus, coquus, from coquere, to cook; see pekw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English cōc ("a cook"), from Proto-Germanic *kukaz (“cook”), from Latin coquus ("cook"), from coquō, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *pekʷ- (“to cook, become ripe”). Cognate with Low German kokk ("cook"), Dutch kok ("cook"), German Koch ("cook"), Danish kok ("cook"), Swedish kock ("cook"), Icelandic kokkur ("cook"), Albanian kuq ("to fry, cook"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English coken, from Old English *cōcian ("to cook") (compare Old English ġecōcsian ("to cook, roast"), ġecōcnian ("to season food")), from Proto-Germanic *kokōnan (“to cook”), from Latin coquō ("cook", v), from Proto-Indo-European *pekʷ- (“to cook, become ripe”). Cognate with Dutch koken ("to cook"), German kochen ("to cook, boil"), Swedish koka ("to boil, cook"), Old English āfiġen ("fried"). (Wiktionary)



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