Definition of cucumber in US English:

cucumber

noun

  • 1A long, green-skinned fruit with watery flesh, usually eaten raw in salads or pickled.

    • ‘Opt for water-bearing vegetables, such as squash, zucchini, asparagus, leafy green salads, tomatoes and cucumbers.’
    • ‘The lamb tenderloin, garnished with minted yogurt and cucumbers, was a successful riff on the classic Greek dish.’
    • ‘The side salad was so fresh and wonderful: it was a grain with cucumbers, tomato, onion mixed in all dressed with oil and vinegar.’
    • ‘Just before serving, add the tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions, parsley, mint and olives, and mix well.’
    • ‘Serve the roast beef with a salad of fresh vegetables, pickled cucumbers and chopped celery.’
    • ‘The most famous Andalusian dish is gazpacho, a cold soup made with tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and olive oil.’
    • ‘Twenty years ago, we started to teach people that pickling cucumbers are wonderful in salads.’
    • ‘The pork sauce mixes pork with pickled cucumbers.’
    • ‘We ate it with rice and a salad with radishes and cucumbers.’
    • ‘No breakfast is complete without a large bowl of finely chopped cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and parsley tossed together and drenched in olive oil, a mainstay of the Israeli kitchen.’
    • ‘Eat with crusty bread and perhaps a tomato and cucumber salad.’
    • ‘I chose a green salad with cucumbers and lettuce, perfect with some salt and the balsamic vinegar, and my companion ordered a green salad with tuna.’
    • ‘It was called Jerusalem Salad and it had tomatoes and cucumbers, olive oil, lemon, olives and goat cheese.’
    • ‘A cool cucumber and yoghurt dip is a refreshing accompaniment for grilled chops.’
    • ‘Without wiping the knife, they begin slicing the cucumbers and tomatoes for the salad, tossing it all together, then triumphantly setting it down on the table.’
    • ‘I had a thinly-sliced cucumber salad with shallots, a sprinkling of crumbled feta cheese and pine kernels.’
    • ‘Lay an oyster on top of the cucumber salad and garnish with the remoulade.’
    • ‘Ingredients such as feta cheese, yogurt, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and eggplant are commonly used.’
    • ‘There are salad sandwiches wrapped in black plastic bags, hummus, pickled cucumbers sealed into an old plastic margarine tub and home-made goat's cheese.’
    • ‘Pickling cucumbers are available almost exclusively during the summer.’
  • 2The climbing plant of the gourd family that yields cucumbers, native to the Chinese Himalayan region. It is widely cultivated but very rare in the wild.

    Cucumis sativus, family Cucurbitaceae

    • ‘Gourds, pumpkins, cucumbers and all their allied species dominated.’
    • ‘April is a great time to plant peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, squash and heat-loving okra.’
    • ‘The easiest way to support vine crops like cucumbers and tomatoes is to tie their stems to polyethylene string running from a support bar attached to ceiling hooks or from a support frame.’
    • ‘Plant vegetables that need a bit of shade such as cucumbers and lettuce next to tall tomato plants or trellises.’
    • ‘I plant hybrid tomatoes, but grow heirloom chick peas, fava beans, lettuce, and cucumbers (to list but a few).’
    • ‘The peas and other vines won't bother each other so go ahead and plan on planting cucumbers, melons or even squash together on the same trellis.’
    • ‘In the summer find burdock, turnips, cucumbers, mint, lemon grass, Chinese chive, soybeans and coriander.’
    • ‘If seeds begin to mature inside beans, peas, cucumbers, and summer squash, the plants will stop making new fruits.’
    • ‘The simplest method of using the mesh is for straight fencing and trellising to support tomatoes, beans and other vining plants, such as cucumbers and even melons.’
    • ‘But then a trip to Australia opened my eyes to the infinite uses and varieties of pumpkin, squash and gourd, all of which belong to the same family as cucumbers, marrows and melons.’
    • ‘Each plant has one drip line, with the exception of cucumbers, which have three lines due to their large leaf surface area that loses more water than do the tomatoes and peppers.’
    • ‘The old walled garden is completely overgrown now but between 1880 and 1920 melons, cucumbers, vines and figs grew there.’
    • ‘Smaller flowers on cucumbers and melons can be pollinated by removing the entire male flower.’
    • ‘Plant melons, cucumbers, and other frequent water-users along one drip line or soaker hose; irrigate regularly.’
    • ‘Wax gourd, watermelon, cucumber and towel gourd are full of water and classified as cool food.’
    • ‘She planted pumpkins, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, and much more.’
    • ‘It's also a great companion plant to cucumbers and onions if you plant it among your vegetables.’
    • ‘Grow climbing plants such as pole beans and cucumbers on trellising at the back of the bed.’
    • ‘Care should be taken to separate as widely as possible, melons, squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, and others of that family, as any one grown near the other may ruin both as to flavor.’
    • ‘Almost all vining crops will benefit from pruning - winter squash, pumpkins, melons, cucumbers and tomatoes.’

Phrases

  • (as) cool as a cucumber

    • 1Untroubled by heat or exertion.

      • ‘How to be cool as a cucumber at the searing heat of 45 degree Celsius?’
      • ‘No, Mamma, it's not hot at all, it's as cool as a cucumber.’’
      untroubled, undisturbed, unworried, unconcerned, unmoved, unflustered, unruffled, unshaken, undismayed
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      1. 1.1Calm and relaxed.
        • ‘Opening night, and while Amy was as cool as a cucumber, I was the one that was feeling nervous, and I wasn't even in the play at all.’
        • ‘The man from Moscow, calm and cool as a cucumber, knocked him out cold.’
        • ‘I bet you anything Jason's at home cool as a cucumber, not stressing over what he's going to wear.’
        • ‘Unperturbed, cool as a cucumber, he stuck with his task.’
        • ‘Trying to get him angry with an increasingly cruel set of stunts, our newly cool as a cucumber bandleader learns that staying calm has some sensational fringe benefits.’
        calm, cool, unconcerned, collected, cool, calm, and collected, cool as a cucumber, composed, airy
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French cocombre, coucombre, from Latin cucumis, cucumer-.

Pronunciation

cucumber

/ˈkjuˌkəmbər//ˈkyo͞oˌkəmbər/