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

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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 That didn’t mean the course was a cakewalk: there were pitfalls on every hole that made playing a clean round of golf an extraordinarily difficult task. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 18 July 2021 When Joe Biden was vice president, his first trip abroad was a cakewalk. Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2021 This was a cakewalk for Castroneves, and the TLX on summer tires didn’t harbor much restraint either. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 20 May 2021 For SaaS companies, implementing the hybrid model is a cakewalk, as most of the work is computer-based and location-independent. Caroline Lee, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Next week is something of a bear, with five games in seven nights and none of them exactly a cakewalk. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Apr. 2021 Of course, the Sixers’ game against the Mavericks on Monday won’t be a cakewalk. Larry Starks, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2021 Reading this story will make your hardest run feel like a cakewalk. Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2021 But Hawaii’s restrictions are a cakewalk compared to other international destinations. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of cakewalk

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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29 Jul 2021

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“Cakewalk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cakewalk

: an easy contest to win
: an easy task

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