Pronunciation: (kook), [key]
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. ruin; spoil.
4. falsify, as accounts: to cook the expense figures.

1. to prepare food by the use of heat.
2. (of food) to undergo cooking.
3. 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?
4. 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.
5. cook one's goose. See goose (def. 9).
6. cook the books, manipulate the financial records of a company, organization, etc., so as to conceal profits, avoid taxes, or present a false financial report to stockholders.
7. 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.

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


Pronunciation: (kOOk, kook), [key]
v.i. Scot.
to hide, esp. outdoors, as by crouching down behind a hedge.


Pronunciation: (kook), [key]
1. Frederick Albert, 1865–1940, U.S. physician and polar explorer.
2. George Cram Pronunciation: (kram), [key] 1873–1924, U.S. novelist, dramatist, and poet.
3. Captain James, 1728–79, English navigator and explorer in the S Pacific, Antarctic Ocean, and along the coasts of Australia and New Zealand.
4. Sir Joseph, 1860–1947, Australian statesman, born in England: prime minister 1913–14.
5. Mount. Also called Aorangi. a mountain in New Zealand, on South Island. 12,349 ft. (3764 m).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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