[ tee-keyk ]

  1. a small cake, cookie, tart, or the like, for serving with tea or punch.

  2. (in England) a light, flat, sweet cake with raisins, usually buttered and served hot with tea.

Origin of teacake

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; tea + cake

Words Nearby teacake

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How to use teacake in a sentence

  • It dispenses all kinds of dreams—bad dreams, good dreams,short nightmares to stave off worse ones, recurring dreams with a teacake marshmallow center.

    Five poems about the mind | Cynthia Miller, Paula Bohince, Anthony Anaxagorou, Tishani Doshi, Zeina Hashem Beck | August 25, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
  • He fed me with little pieces of hot teacake and other dainties.

    The Story of Bawn | Katharine Tynan
  • When I went to tell them tea was ready, and there was a teacake, Dora was crying like anything and Alice hugging her.

  • She had got a hot teacake for him, and she was a little hurt that he was dark and preoccupied as he consumed it.

    Kipps | H. G. Wells
  • He had always been such a boy for teacake, and then when one went out specially and got him one——!

    Kipps | H. G. Wells
  • I laughed, and asked whether our teacake was ready, and looked out of the window.

    Willing to Die | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

British Dictionary definitions for teacake


/ (ˈtiːˌkeɪk) /

  1. British a flat cake made from a yeast dough with raisins in it, usually eaten toasted and buttered

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