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  1. (formerly) a promenade or march, of Black American origin, in which the couples with the most intricate or eccentric steps received cakes as prizes.

  2. a dance with a strutting step based on this promenade.

  1. music for this dance.

  2. Informal. something easy, sure, or certain.

verb (used without object)
  1. to walk or dance in or as if in a cakewalk.

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


/ (ˈkeɪkˌwɔːk) /

  1. a dance based on a march with intricate steps, originally performed by African-Americans with the prize of a cake for the best performers

  2. a piece of music composed for this dance

  1. informal an easily accomplished task

  1. (intr) to perform the cakewalk

Derived forms of cakewalk

  • cakewalker, noun

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