Origin of pat-a-cake

First recorded in 1870–75; after the opening words of a rhyme that accompanies such play Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pat-a-cake

Historical Examples of pat-a-cake

  • Even baby has its "pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake," and is lulled to sleep with visions of a coach and six little ponies.

  • Barby stooped to take the little terrier's head between her hands and pat-a-cake it back and forth with an affectionate caress.

    Georgina of the Rainbows

    Annie Fellows Johnston