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cake

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noun \ˈkāk\

Simple Definition of cake

  • : a sweet baked food made from a mixture of flour, sugar, and other ingredients (such as eggs and butter)

  • : a mixture of food that has been shaped into a ball or a flat round shape and baked or fried

  • : something that is shaped like a rectangular block

Full Definition of cake

  1. 1 a :  a breadlike food made from a dough or batter that is usually fried or baked in small flat shapes and is often unleavened b :  a sweet baked food made from a dough or thick batter usually containing flour and sugar and often shortening, eggs, and a raising agent (as baking powder) c :  a flattened usually round mass of food that is baked or fried <a fish cake>

  2. 2 a :  a block of compacted or congealed matter <a cake of ice> b :  a hard or brittle layer or deposit

  3. 3 :  something easily done <after so much studying, the test was cake>

cak·ey play \ˈkā-kē\ adjective

Examples of cake

  1. I made three cakes for the party.

  2. He blew out the candles on his birthday cake.

  3. a slice of chocolate cake



Origin of cake

Middle English, from Old Norse kaka; akin to Old High German kuocho cake


First Known Use: 13th century


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cake

verb

Simple Definition of cake

  • : to cover something with an outer layer that becomes hard as it dries

  • : to become dry and hard

Full Definition of cake

cakedcak·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  encrust <caked with dust>

  3. 2 :  to fill (a space) with a packed mass

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to form or harden into a mass

Examples of cake

  1. The mud had caked on his boots.

  2. <shoes caked with dried mud>



1607

First Known Use of cake

1607



CAKE Defined for Kids

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cake

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noun \ˈkāk\

Definition of cake

  1. 1 :  a baked food made from a sweet batter or dough <chocolate cake>

  2. 2 :  a usually flat round piece of food that is baked or fried <a crab cake> <rice cakes>

  3. 3 :  a substance hardened or molded into a solid piece <a cake of soap>




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cake

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verb

Definition of cake

cakedcak·ing

  1. 1 :  encrust <His clothes were caked with dust.>

  2. 2 :  to become dry and hard <The mud had caked on her boots.>





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