cake·​walk | \ ˈkāk-ˌwȯk How to pronounce cakewalk (audio) \

Definition of cakewalk

1a : a one-sided contest : an easy victory In states and localities across America, good times are making for reelection cakewalks.— Douglas Foster
b : an easy task … it's no cakewalk to raise a family on two part-time salaries, even for a little while.— Belinda Luscombe
2 : an African American entertainment having a cake as prize for the most accomplished steps and figures in walking
3 : a stage dance developed from walking steps and figures typically involving a high prance with backward tilt

Other Words from cakewalk

cakewalk intransitive verb
cakewalker noun

Examples of cakewalk in a Sentence

She expected the election to be a cakewalk. Reducing the state budget is not going to be a cakewalk.
Recent Examples on the Web Switching or consolidating technology is no cakewalk, but platforms are tactics to support a broader strategy. Andrew Ellenberg, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Elevation gain is negligible, but the terrain is no cakewalk—bring trekking poles. Outside Online, 3 Nov. 2020 The experience of contributing should be seamless and inviting, making the process of nudging them to donate a cakewalk. Abhishek Humbad, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 All of that was a cakewalk compared to having to inhabit the mind of a killer for six months. Lauren Huff,, 13 May 2022 And the 28th District field with Ballard, CAL and Kentucky Country Day is no cakewalk. J.l. Kirven, The Courier-Journal, 13 May 2022 But unfortunately for Cincinnati, the Cotton Bowl was also a cakewalk for Alabama. Laine Higgins, WSJ, 1 Jan. 2022 The Yellow Jackets will be the host, but Saturday’s match is not expected to be a cakewalk for the ACC team. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, 4 Dec. 2021 But all that was a cakewalk compared to the cringeworthy spectacle that ended last week’s fantasy suites episode, which aired on Tuesday. oregonlive, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cakewalk

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Cakewalk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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