verb (used with object), caked, cak·ing.

to form into a crust or compact mass.

verb (used without object), caked, cak·ing.

to become formed into a crust or compact mass.

Nearby words

  1. cajeputol,
  2. cajole,
  3. cajolery,
  4. cajun,
  5. cajuput,
  6. cake eater,
  7. cake flour,
  8. cake kidney,
  9. cake makeup,
  10. caked


    a piece of cake, Informal. something easily done: She thought her first solo flight was a piece of cake.
    take the cake, Informal.
    1. to surpass all others, especially in some undesirable quality; be extraordinary or unusual: His arrogance takes the cake.
    2. to win first prize.

Origin of cake

1200–50; Middle English < Old Norse kaka; akin to Middle English kechel little cake, German Kuchen; see cookie

Related formscak·y, cak·ey, adjectivenon·cak·ing, adjective, nounun·cake, verb (used with object), un·caked, un·cak·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cakey

  • The cakey part of this layer cake is mixed with instant (powdered) espresso, which gives it a nutty, toasted taste.

    4 Autumnal Desserts|Michel Richard|November 18, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • A porterbottle stood up, stogged to its waist, in the cakey sand dough.

    Ulysses|James Joyce

British Dictionary definitions for cakey



a baked food, usually in loaf or layer form, typically made from a mixture of flour, sugar, and eggs
a flat thin mass of bread, esp unleavened bread
a shaped mass of dough or other food of similar consistencya fish cake
a mass, slab, or crust of a solidified or compressed substance, as of soap or ice
have one's cake and eat it to enjoy both of two desirable but incompatible alternatives
go like hot cakes or sell like hot cakes informal to be sold very quickly or in large quantities
piece of cake informal something that is easily achieved or obtained
take the cake informal to surpass all others, esp in stupidity, folly, etc
informal the whole or total of something that is to be shared or dividedthe miners are demanding a larger slice of the cake; that is a fair method of sharing the cake


(tr) to cover with a hard layer; encrustthe hull was caked with salt
to form or be formed into a hardened mass
Derived Formscakey or caky, adjective

Word Origin for cake

C13: from Old Norse kaka; related to Danish kage, German Kuchen

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Word Origin and History for cakey
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Idioms and Phrases with cakey


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.

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