See also: Cook
- IPA(key): /kʊk/
- (UK dialectal, obsolete elsewhere) IPA(key): /kuːk/
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- Rhymes: -ʊk
cook (plural cooks)
- (cooking) A person who prepares food.
- (cooking) The head cook of a manor house
- (cooking) The degree or quality of cookedness of food
- (slang) One who manufactures certain illegal drugs, especially meth.
- Police found two meth cooks working in the illicit lab.
- 2008, Mel Bradshaw, Victim Impact:
- By late October, the pressure on the Dark Arrows' ecstasy cook had eased. Other suppliers had moved in with product.
- 2011, Mackenzie Phillips, High on Arrival:
- Owsley Stanley was a pioneer LSD cook, and the Purple Owsley pill from his now-defunct lab was Dad's prized possession, a rare, potent, druggie collector's item, the alleged inspiration for the Hendrix song “Purple Haze.”
- (slang) A session of manufacturing certain illegal drugs, especially meth.
- 2011, Neal Hall, Hell To Pay: Hells Angels vs. The Million-Dollar Rat, page 36:
- Punko told Plante he wanted to use a full barrel for the next cook.
- A fish, the European striped wrasse, Labrus mixtus.
- chef, culinary artist (skilful or lead cook), magirist, magirologist (skilful cook, obs.); sous-chef, prep cook (assistant cook); line cook (team cook); cookess, cookeress (female, uncommon)
(head cook of a manor house):
person who prepares food
- (transitive or intransitive) To prepare food for eating by heating it, often combining with other ingredients.
- I'm cooking bangers and mash.
- He's in the kitchen, cooking.
- 2015 October 27, Matt Preston, The Simple Secrets to Cooking Everything Better, Plum, →ISBN, page 192:
- You could just use ordinary shop-bought kecap manis to marinade the meat, but making your own is easy, has a far more elegant fragrance and is, above all, such a great brag! Flavouring kecap manis is an intensely personal thing, so try this version now and next time cook the sauce down with crushed, split lemongrass and a shredded lime leaf.
- (intransitive) To be cooked.
- The dinner is cooking on the stove.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To be uncomfortably hot.
- Look at that poor dog shut up in that car on a day like today - it must be cooking in there.
- (slang) To execute by electric chair.
- (transitive, slang) To hold on to a grenade briefly after igniting the fuse, so that it explodes almost immediately after being thrown.
- I always cook my frags, in case they try to grab one and throw it back.
- To concoct or prepare.
- 2006, Frank Spalding, Methamphetamine: The Dangers of Crystal Meth, page 47:
- The process of cooking meth can leave residue on surfaces all over the home, exposing all of its occupants to the drug.
- To tamper with or alter; to cook up.
- 1880, Joseph Addison; Richard John Green, “The newspaper”, in Essays of Joseph Addison, London: Roger de Coverly Club, page 154:
- They all of them receive the same advices from abroad, and very often in the same words; but their way of cooking it is so different, that there is no citizen, who has an eye to the public good, who can leave the coffee-house with peace of mind...
- (intransitive, jazz, slang) To play or improvise in an inspired and rhythmically exciting way. (From 1930s jive talk.)
- Watch this band: they cook!
- Crank up the Coltrane and start cooking!
- (intransitive, music, slang) To play music vigorously.
- On the Wagner piece, the orchestra was cooking!
- 2012, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra won't stand still":
- The tempos were swift. The orchestra cooked, reading [conductor] Kahane's mind and swinging with him as one.
- Troponyms: bake, barbecue, boil, braise, fry, grill, microwave, poach, roast, scramble, steam, stew
- See also Thesaurus:cook
to prepare food for eating
to become ready for eating
colloquial: to be uncomfortably hot
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Unknown; possibly related to chuck.
cook (plural cookes)