cake

[ keyk ]
/ keɪk /
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noun

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.

Idioms

    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

SYNONYMS FOR cake

Related forms

cak·y, cak·ey, adjectivenon·cak·ing, adjective, nounun·cake, verb (used with object), un·caked, un·cak·ing.
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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

cake

/ (keɪk) /

noun


verb

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

Derived Forms

cakey or caky, adjective

Word Origin for cake

C13: from Old Norse kaka; related to Danish kage, German Kuchen
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Idioms and Phrases with cakey

cake

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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