See also: Cook

English edit

Trainee cooks preparing food

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /kʊk/
  • (some speakers from Northern England and Ireland) IPA(key): /kuːk/[1]
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  • Homophone: cuck (most accents without the foot-strut split)

Etymology 1 edit

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).

Noun edit

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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.
  7. (chess) An unintended solution to a chess problem, considered to spoil the problem.
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(head cook of a manor house):

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  • Sranan Tongo: kukru
  • Tok Pisin: kuk
  • Norman: couque
  • Portuguese: cuca
  • Thai: กุ๊ก (gúk)
  • Tokelauan: kuka
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Etymology 2 edit

From Middle English coken, from the noun cook. In the slang sense of "proceed with some plan", coined by American rapper from California (born 1989) Lil B in 2010 and popularized in viral tweets and TikToks in mid-2022.[2]

Verb edit

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. (intransitive, figuratively) To be uncomfortably hot.
    Synonyms: bake, stew
    Look at that poor dog shut up in that car on a day like today - it must be cooking in there.
  4. (transitive, slang) To kill, destroy, or otherwise render useless or inoperative through exposure to excessive heat or radiation.
    • 2017 July 6, Howard Tayler, Schlock Mercenary[2], archived from the original on 20 January 2024:
      "What's coming?" "Dunno yet. Cindy! Active scanning! Pulse hard, but don't cook any friendlies." "We have sensors that can cook people?" "Another reason why warship combat is not an indoor sport."
  5. (transitive, slang) To execute by electric chair.
    Synonym: fry
  6. (transitive, military slang) To hold on to a grenade briefly after igniting the fuse, so that it explodes almost immediately after being thrown.
    Synonym: cook off
    I always cook my frags, in case they try to grab one and throw it back.
  7. 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.
  8. To tamper with or alter; to cook up.
    • 1880, Joseph Addison with 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...
  9. (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!
  10. (intransitive, music, slang) To play music vigorously.
    On the Wagner piece, the orchestra was cooking!
  11. (intransitive, slang, humorous) To proceed with some advantageous plan or course of action; to be successful.
    hol up, let that boy cook!
    • 1977 August 27, Steve Savage, Susan "Suki" Eagan, “Everything You Wanted to Know About Suki, But Were Too Distracted In Chaps to Ask Her”, in Gay Community News, volume 5, number 8, page 9:
      My bar was built by Frazier, Gary Manson, Robert Feck, Jeff Picoli — that's who built my bar. When I hired those people, that's when my bar started cookin'. 'Cause Frazier gets along with anybody — he has a magnetic personality, and he can make the worst piece of shit feel like king for a day.
    • 2023 April 2, @WolfRMFC, Twitter[3], archived from the original on 5 October 2023:
      Asensio as AMF might just be the truth man. Bro is cooking and now he has added a goal to top it all off.
    • 2023 July 30, u/tokyo__driftwood, “How are we feeling about Earthquake ignite chieftain post-patch?”, in Reddit[4], r/PathOfExileBuilds, archived from the original on 5 October 2023:
      WAIT YOU'RE ACTUALLY COOKING RN. Emberwake ring. Quick math says that's about 21% more damage than just using tawhoa. Ring also gives fire damage and ignite chance, which is great.
    • 2023 August 6, Noel Sanchez, “Lakers News: Re-Signed LA Starter Reveals He Was Prioritizing A Free Agency Return”, in Sports Illustrated[5], New York, N.Y.: Arena Group Holdings, Inc., →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 2023-10-05:
      With the shot clock winding down, LA's superstars got accustomed to deferring to [Austin] Reaves and letting him cook for either open jumpers or moves that ultimately led to and-one's and free-throw attempts.
  12. (slang, derogatory, Australia) To develop insane or fringe ideas.
    The furlough of workers during The Lockdowns left many with a conspiracy bent ample time to cook.
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Etymology 3 edit


Verb edit

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 4 edit

Unknown; possibly related to chuck.

Verb edit

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.

References edit

  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.
  2. ^ Let Him Cook / Let That Boy Cook”, in Know Your Meme, launched 2007

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Etymology edit

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

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Noun edit

cook (plural cookes)

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

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