[ keyk-wawk ]
/ ˈkeɪkˌwɔk /


(formerly) a promenade or march, of black American origin, in which the couples with the most intricate or eccentric steps received cakes as prizes.
a dance with a strutting step based on this promenade.
music for this dance.
Informal. something easy, sure, or certain.

verb (used without object)

to walk or dance in or as if in a cakewalk.


Origin of cakewalk

First recorded in 1860–65; cake + walk

Related forms

cake·walk·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cakewalk


/ (ˈkeɪkˌwɔːk) /


a dance based on a march with intricate steps, originally performed by African-Americans with the prize of a cake for the best performers
a piece of music composed for this dance
informal an easily accomplished task


(intr) to perform the cakewalk

Derived Forms

cakewalker, noun
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