(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.
to walk or dance in or as if in a cakewalk.
- cakewalker, noun
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How to use cakewalk in a sentence
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When these wars begin, the United States typically has positive illusions about how the war is going to go—that it’ll be a cakewalk in Iraq or in Afghanistan.'Major American Failure.’ A Political Scientist on Why the U.S. Lost in Afghanistan | Philip Elliott | August 18, 2021 | Time
Cuomo’s main vulnerability probably lies in the Democratic primary, though even if he survives it, the general election might not be a cakewalk either.4 Ways Andrew Cuomo’s Political Future Could Play Out | Nathaniel Rakich (firstname.lastname@example.org) | March 8, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
In a new story, Will Huntsberry writes that 2020 was probably the last cakewalk for union-backed school board candidates.Morning Report: Voters Sent a Message on Housing Solutions | Voice of San Diego | November 5, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Democrats still think that 2016 is going to be Clinton cakewalk.
If the Democrats maintain this charade, 2016 will not be the cakewalk they dream it to be.
But that does not, so far as Philippe Petit is concerned, make it a cakewalk.Philippe Petit’s Moment of Concern Walking the WTC Tightrope | Anthony Haden-Guest | August 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Germany won a cakewalk, controlling the game from start to finish.
And that was a cakewalk compared to the three years I spent teaching high school!Ad's Message to Moms: If You Don’t Think Parenting Sucks, You’re Doing it Wrong | Andy Hinds | April 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Well, he'll be back on the night train, for to-morrow is the final cakewalk of his old Conference.Pippin; A Wandering Flame | Laura E. Richards
Still others, doing a kind of animated cakewalk, carried toy ray guns which they fired at random into the crowd.Martian V.F.W. | G.L. Vandenburg
I know she can dance, for have I not seen her executing the cakewalk in Dimbie's tea-rose slippers?Dimbie and I--and Amelia | Mabel Barnes-Grundy
In Paris the cakewalk is a thing of misunderstood, misapplied accents.Franz Liszt | James Huneker
He tipped his derby one-sided and started off on a cakewalk.A Good Samaritan | Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
British Dictionary definitions for cakewalk
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
- cakewalker, noun
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