cake

[ keyk ]
/ keɪk /

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

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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British Dictionary definitions for piece of cake

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 piece of cake (1 of 2)

piece of cake


Something easily accomplished, as in I had no trouble finding your house—a piece of cake. This expression originated in the Royal Air Force in the late 1930s for an easy mission, and the precise reference is as mysterious as that of the simile easy as pie. Possibly it evokes the easy accomplishment of swallowing a slice of sweet dessert.

Idioms and Phrases with piece of cake (2 of 2)

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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