transitive verbbaked, bak′ing
- to cook (food) by dry heat, esp. in an oven
- to make dry and hard by heat; fire (bricks, earthenware, etc.)
- to expose (oneself) to the rays of the sun, a lamp, etc.
- Obs. to harden or cake
Origin of bakeMiddle English baken from Old English bacan from Indo-European an unverified form bhog- from base an unverified form bhe-, to warm, bake from source bath, Classical Greek ph?gein, to roast
- to bake bread, pastry, etc.
- to become baked
- to become dry and hard in the sun: said of soil
- the act of baking
- a product of baking
- a social affair at which a certain kind of food, often baked, is served
- Scot. a cracker