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cakewalk

[ keyk-wawk ]
/ ˈkeɪkˌwɔk /
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noun

(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.

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Origin of cakewalk

First recorded in 1860–65; cake + walk

OTHER WORDS FROM cakewalk

cakewalker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cakewalk

cakewalk
/ (ˈkeɪkˌwɔːk) /

noun

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

verb

(intr) to perform the cakewalk

Derived forms of cakewalk

cakewalker, noun
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