bake

Definitions

Cars & Driving

  • verb to dry or cure (a paint or other finish) using heat

Food

  • A North American term for a social gathering at which baked or barbecued food is served, e.g. ‘clam bake’
  • A type of biscuit from Trinidad made from plain flour, butter and baking powder (25:6:1) by the rubbing-in method, brought together with coconut milk and either baked, griddled or fried

Slang

  • noun a hideaway or refuge. This example of the jargon of cat burglars was recorded in FHM magazine in April 1996 and defined as ‘a place to lay low while the constabulary run hither and thither in pursuit’. The precise origin of the term is uncertain, but it may come from the notion of the prison bakehouse as a place where inmates can withdraw or hide illicit objects.

Origin & History of “bake”

The Old English verb bacan goes back to a prehistoric Germanic base *bak-, which also produced German backen, Dutch bakken, and Swedish baka; its ultimate source was the Indo-European base *bhog-, another descendant of which was Greek phṓgein ‘roast’. Derivatives of the English verb include batch (15th c.), which comes from Old English *bæcce, literally ‘something baked’, and the name Baxter, which originally meant ‘female baker’.
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