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[ keyk ]


  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.
  3. a shaped or molded mass of other food:

    a fish cake.

  4. a shaped or compressed mass:

    a cake of soap; a cake of ice.

  5. 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, cak·ing.
  1. to form into a crust or compact mass.

verb (used without object)

, caked, cak·ing.
  1. to become formed into a crust or compact mass.

    Synonyms: congeal, dry, solidify, harden


/ keɪk /


  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. go like hot cakes or sell like hot cakes informal.
    to be sold very quickly or in large quantities
  7. piece of cake informal.
    something that is easily achieved or obtained
  8. take the cake informal.
    to surpass all others, esp in stupidity, folly, etc
  9. informal.
    the whole or total of something that is to be shared or divided

    that is a fair method of sharing the cake

    the miners are demanding a larger slice of the cake

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  1. tr to cover with a hard layer; encrust

    the hull was caked with salt

  2. to form or be formed into a hardened mass
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Derived Forms

  • ˈcakey, adjective
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Other Words From

  • caky cakey adjective
  • non·caking adjective noun
  • un·cake verb (used with object) uncaked uncaking
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Word History and Origins

Origin of cake1

1200–50; Middle English < Old Norse kaka; akin to Middle English kechel little cake, German Kuchen; cookie
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Word History and Origins

Origin of cake1

C13: from Old Norse kaka; related to Danish kage, German Kuchen
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Idioms and Phrases

  1. a piece of cake, Informal. something easily done:

    She thought her first solo flight was a piece of cake.

  2. 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.

More idioms and phrases containing cake

see eat one's cake and have it, too ; flat as a pancake ; icing on the cake ; nutty as a fruitcake ; piece of cake ; sell like hot cakes ; slice of the pie (cake) ; take the cake .
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Example Sentences

In 1992, the rice cake and popcorn cake market was valued at $174 million and growing.

From Eater

CEO at Bandwagon, a fan identity and data and analytics startup in AustinKiddopia, which is optimized for preschool-aged kids, features fun lessons on ABCs and numbers but also includes skills-based things like baking a cake or making a pizza.

From Fortune

Try it out on other foods, like brownies, cakes, veggies, and more.

Instead of laying a chip’s various “neighborhoods” next to each other in a 2D silicon sprawl, they’ve stacked them on top of each other like a layer cake.

With proper preparations, online reputation management becomes a piece of cake.

A big cake requires a big festival, and Augustus was happy to comply.

The Stollen was paraded through the city of Dresden, and later an appointed “Stollen girl” cut the cake.

Now, it is the most traditional and celebrated Christmas cake in Germany—and definitely not associated with fasting.

He had a special knife designed to cut the dense loaf, and a ceremony to precede cutting the cake.

The tasteless bread was transformed into a sweet cake that included ingredients, such as dried fruit and marzipan.

They would feed him apples, potatoes and sometimes bits of cake that Bob's mother gave them.

It was with much amazement that they watched Henrietta absorb sandwiches, cake, eggs, and fruit.

She peered around the room for the last time, and then dropped two small clean towels and a cake of soap into the bag.

The celebrant sprinkled the victim with wine and salted cake, and made a symbolic gesture with the knife.

Then they all had coffee and cake, shook hands with Pete Senior, and went to their homes and laboratories.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.