See also: Cook


Trainee cooks preparing food


  • IPA(key): /kʊk/
  • (UK dialectal, obsolete elsewhere) IPA(key): /kuːk/[1]
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  • Homophone: cuck (most accents without the foot-strut split)

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English cook, from Old English cōc (a cook), from Latin cocus, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *pekʷ- (to cook, become ripe).

Cognate with Low German kokk, Dutch kok, German Koch, Danish kok, Norwegian kokk, Swedish kock, Icelandic kokkur (cook). Also compare Proto-West Germanic *kokōn (to cook).


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cook (plural cooks)

  1. (cooking) A person who prepares food.
    Synonym: cooker
    Hyponyms: chef, cordon bleu
    I'm a terrible cook, so I eat a lot of frozen dinners.
  2. (cooking) The head cook of a manor house.
  3. (cooking) The degree or quality of cookedness of food.
  4. (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.”
  5. (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.
  6. A fish, the European striped wrasse, Labrus mixtus.
Coordinate termsEdit

(food preparation):

(head cook of a manor house):

Derived termsEdit
  • Norman: couque
  • Thai: กุ๊ก (gúk)
  • Tok Pisin: kuk
  • Tokelauan: kuka

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English coken, from the noun cook.


cook (third-person singular simple present cooks, present participle cooking, simple past and past participle cooked)

  1. (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[1], 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.
  2. (intransitive) To be cooked.
    The dinner is cooking on the stove.
  3. (transitive, 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.
  4. (slang) To execute by electric chair.
  5. (transitive, military 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. (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!
  9. (intransitive, music, slang) To play music vigorously.
    On the Wagner piece, the orchestra was cooking!
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Etymology 3Edit



cook (third-person singular simple present cooks, present participle cooking, simple past and past participle cooked)

  1. (obsolete, rare, intransitive) To make the noise of the cuckoo.
    • 1599, Thomas Moffet, The Silkwormes, and their Flies, London: V.S. for Nicholas Ling, →OCLC:
      Constant cuckoos cook on every side.

Etymology 4Edit

Unknown; possibly related to chuck.


cook (third-person singular simple present cooks, present participle cooking, simple past and past participle cooked)

  1. (UK, dialect, obsolete) To throw.
    • 1787, Francis Grose, A Provincial Glossary: With a Collection of Local Proverbs, and Popular Superstitions, London: Printed for S. Hooper, →OCLC, page 37:
      Cook. To throw. Cook me that ball, throw me that ball. Glou.


  1. ^ Cook” in John Walker, A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary [] , London: Sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinſon, Paternoſter Row; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1791, →OCLC, page 167, column 1.

Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit


From Old English cōc, from Vulgar Latin cocus, from Latin coquus.



cook (plural cookes)

  1. cook, chef, restauranteur
  2. (figuratively) nourisher, nourishment