Meaning of COOK in English


cook 1

— cookable , adj. — cookless , adj.

/kook/ , v.t.

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.

4. Informal. to falsify, as accounts: to cook the expense figures.


5. to prepare food by the use of heat.

6. (of food) to undergo cooking.

7. Slang.

a. to be full of activity and excitement: Las Vegas cooks around the clock.

b. to perform, work, or do in just the right way and with energy and enthusiasm: That new drummer is really cooking tonight. Now you're cooking!

c. to be in preparation; develop: Plans for the new factory have been cooking for several years.

d. to take place; occur; happen: What's cooking at the club?

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

9. cook one's goose . See goose (def. 9).

10. cook the books , Slang. to manipulate the financial records of a company, organization, etc., so as to conceal profits, avoid taxes, or present a false financial report to stockholders.

11. cook up , Informal.

a. to concoct or contrive, often dishonestly: She hastily cooked up an excuse.

b. to falsify: Someone had obviously cooked up the alibi.


12. a person who cooks: The restaurant hired a new cook.

[ bef. 1000; (n.) ME cok ( e ), OE coc (cf. ON kokkr, G Koch, D kok ) cocus, coquus, deriv. of coquere to cook; akin to Gk péptein (see PEPTIC); (v.) late ME coken, deriv. of the n. ]

cook 2

/koohk, kook/ , v.i. Scot.

to hide, esp. outdoors, as by crouching down behind a hedge.

[ 1780-90; perh. b. ME couche bend, stoop (see COUCH) and ME croke bend, stoop (see CROOKED) ]

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