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

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of cakewalk was in 1863

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“Cakewalk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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