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See also: Kochen and Köchen



From Middle High German, from Old High German kochōn, kohhōn (to cook), from late Proto-Germanic *kukōną (to cook), either from *kukaz (cook) from Latin coquus, or borrowed from Vulgar Latin *coco, cocere, from Latin coquō, coquere. Compare Dutch koken. More at cook.


  • IPA(key): /kɔx(ə)n/, /kɔxŋ̩/
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kochen (third-person singular simple present kocht, past tense kochte, past participle gekocht, auxiliary haben)

  1. (intransitive) to boil
  2. (transitive) to boil (to heat a liquid)
  3. (transitive) to boil (cook in boiling water)
  4. to cook, to prepare food

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While kochen is the normal word used to refer to an undefined process of making food, its primary meaning is 'to heat a liquid'. The word hence cannot be used for processes of preparation which are known to not include boiling, such as frying, grilling and baking. Ein Steak kochen ('cooking a steak') would be understood solely as dropping a steak into a pot of boiling water.



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