verb (used with object), caked, cak·ing.
verb (used without object), caked, cak·ing.
- to surpass all others, especially in some undesirable quality; be extraordinary or unusual: His arrogance takes the cake.
- to win first prize.
Origin of cake
Synonyms for cake
Examples from the Web for caked
Contemporary Examples of caked
Blood and blackened remnants are caked on the bathroom floor.Who Is Behind Gaza's Mass Execution?
August 1, 2014
Rain had fallen heavily overnight and the streets were caked in sludge.Inside a Russian-Occupied Police Station in Ukraine
April 13, 2014
And then there are the photographs: toddlers, teenagers, preschoolers—all caked in dirt, their eyes wide and dazed with trauma.Haiti's Adoption Free-for-All
Elizabeth Foy Larsen
January 25, 2010
Historical Examples of caked
As for the infantrymen, when they come out of the trenches, they are caked in mud all over.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
He was turbanless, shoeless, caked with dirt, and all but dead with rough handling.Soldiers Three, Part II.
When it came to grooming the mud was caked thick on all hides.The Delta of the Triple Elevens
William Elmer Bachman
The soiled dishes, caked with hardened grease, made him sick.The Man from the Bitter Roots
They are brought in here just caked with mud from head to foot.'My Beloved Poilus'
Word Origin for cake
"thickly encrusted," 1922, past participle adjective from cake (v.).
c.1600, from cake (n.). Related: Caked; caking.
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.
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.