noun \ˈpa-tē-ˌkāk\

: a children's game in which two people lightly hit their hands together while singing a short poem (called a nursery rhyme)

Full Definition of PATTY-CAKE

:  a game in which two participants (as mother and child) clap their hands together to the rhythm of an accompanying nursery rhyme

Variants of PATTY-CAKE

pat·ty–cake or pat–a–cake \ˈpa-də-ˌkāk, ˈpat-ə-\

Origin of PATTY-CAKE

from the opening words of the rhyme
First Known Use: 1889


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