verb (used with object), caked, cak·ing.
verb (used without object), caked, cak·ing.
- cake eater,
- cake flour,
- cake kidney,
- cake makeup,
- 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
Examples from the Web for caked
Blood and blackened remnants are caked on the bathroom floor.
Rain had fallen heavily overnight and the streets were caked in sludge.Inside a Russian-Occupied Police Station in Ukraine|David Patrikarakos|April 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And then there are the photographs: toddlers, teenagers, preschoolers—all caked in dirt, their eyes wide and dazed with trauma.
When it came to grooming the mud was caked thick on all hides.The Delta of the Triple Elevens|William Elmer Bachman
Unless it happens to be a thorough express, the plush is caked with dirt, the floor is grimy, and the windows dirty.Darkwater|W. E. B. Du Bois
May be healed by rubbing with goose oil, cream, new milk; or make the same applications for it as for caked bag.Domestic Animals|Richard L. Allen
The faces of many of the men were smeared with blood, which had dried on their cheeks and caked there.Barlasch of the Guard|H. S. Merriman
Elated, Gilbert hurried on, pausing occasionally to verify his conviction by a footprint in the caked earth.Tom Slade's Double Dare|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
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.