And then there are the photographs: toddlers, teenagers, preschoolers—all caked in dirt, their eyes wide and dazed with trauma.
Blood and blackened remnants are caked on the bathroom floor.
Rain had fallen heavily overnight and the streets were caked in sludge.
The stairs were caked with a layer of mud, hard or soft according to the state of the atmosphere, and were covered with filth.
The soiled dishes, caked with hardened grease, made him sick.
The shells are shredded, the feathers are caked and bitten, the hackle is frazzled and frayed out.
They are brought in here just caked with mud from head to foot.
He did not know that his face and head were caked with clotted blood.
Of all the men in the group, he was the muddiest His clothes were caked with mud.
He would wear his sackcloth, and rarely change it, though it caked into knots which chafed him fiercely.
early 13c., from Old Norse kaka "cake," from West Germanic *kokon- (cf. Middle Dutch koke, Dutch koek, Old High German huohho, German Kuchen). Not now believed to be related to Latin coquere "to cook," as formerly supposed. Replaced its Old English cognate, coecel.
What man, I trow ye raue, Wolde ye bothe eate your cake and haue your cake? ["The Proverbs & Epigrams of John Heywood," 1562]Originally (until early 15c.) "a flat, round loaf of bread." Piece of cake "something easy" is from 1936. The let them eat cake story is found in Rousseau's "Confessions," in reference to an incident c.1740, long before Marie Antoinette, though it has been associated with her since c.1870; it apparently was a chestnut in the French royal family that had been told of other princesses and queens before her.
c.1600, from cake (n.). Related: Caked; caking.