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cake

[keyk] /keɪk/
noun
1.
a sweet, baked, breadlike food, made with or without shortening, and usually containing flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, eggs, and liquid flavoring.
2.
a flat, thin mass of bread, especially unleavened bread.
4.
a shaped or molded mass of other food:
a fish cake.
5.
a shaped or compressed mass:
a cake of soap; a cake of ice.
6.
Animal Husbandry. a compacted block of soybeans, cottonseeds, or linseeds from which the oil has been pressed, usually used as a feed or feed supplement for cattle.
verb (used with object), caked, caking.
7.
to form into a crust or compact mass.
verb (used without object), caked, caking.
8.
to become formed into a crust or compact mass.
Idioms
9.
a piece of cake, Informal. something easily done:
She thought her first solo flight was a piece of cake.
10.
take the cake, Informal.
  1. to surpass all others, especially in some undesirable quality; be extraordinary or unusual:
    His arrogance takes the cake.
  2. to win first prize.
Origin of cake
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English < Old Norse kaka; akin to Middle English kechel little cake, German Kuchen; see cookie
Related forms
caky, cakey, adjective
noncaking, adjective, noun
uncake, verb (used with object), uncaked, uncaking.
Synonyms
8. harden, solidify, dry, congeal.
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British Dictionary definitions for caky

cake

/keɪk/
noun
1.
a baked food, usually in loaf or layer form, typically made from a mixture of flour, sugar, and eggs
2.
a flat thin mass of bread, esp unleavened bread
3.
a shaped mass of dough or other food of similar consistency: a fish cake
4.
a mass, slab, or crust of a solidified or compressed substance, as of soap or ice
5.
have one's cake and eat it, to enjoy both of two desirable but incompatible alternatives
6.
(informal) go like hot cakes, sell like hot cakes, to be sold very quickly or in large quantities
7.
(informal) piece of cake, something that is easily achieved or obtained
8.
(informal) take the cake, to surpass all others, esp in stupidity, folly, etc
9.
(informal) the whole or total of something that is to be shared or divided: the miners are demanding a larger slice of the cake, that is a fair method of sharing the cake
verb
10.
(transitive) to cover with a hard layer; encrust: the hull was caked with salt
11.
to form or be formed into a hardened mass
Derived Forms
cakey, caky, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse kaka; related to Danish kage, German Kuchen
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Word Origin and History for caky

cake

v.

c.1600, from cake (n.). Related: Caked; caking.

cake

n.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for caky

cake

noun

  1. The female genitals (1940s+ Black)
  2. A sexually attractive woman; fox (1940s+ Black)
  3. (also cake-eater) A ladies' man; dude: his brown hat, fixed square-shaped the way the cakes were wearing them (1920s+)
  4. piece of cake (1910+)

Related Terms

babycakes, coffee and cakes, cut cake, fruitcake, ice the cake, nutball, piece of cake, take the cake

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Idioms and Phrases with caky
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