shortcake

[ shawrt-keyk ]
/ ˈʃɔrtˌkeɪk /
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noun

a cake made with a relatively large amount of butter or other shortening.
a dessert made of short, sometimes sweetened, biscuit dough baked or split in layers, with a filling or topping of strawberries or other fruit.

Nearby words

  1. short-wave,
  2. short-winded,
  3. shortage,
  4. shortboard,
  5. shortbread,
  6. shortchange,
  7. shortcoming,
  8. shortcrust pastry,
  9. shortcut,
  10. shorten

Origin of shortcake

First recorded in 1585–95; short + cake

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British Dictionary definitions for shortcake

shortcake

/ (ˈʃɔːtˌkeɪk) /

noun

a kind of shortbread made from a rich biscuit dough
a dessert made of layers of shortcake filled with fruit and cream

Word Origin for shortcake

C16: from short (in the sense: crumbly)

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Word Origin and History for shortcake

shortcake

n.

also short-cake, 1590s, from short (see shortening) + cake (n.).

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