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.

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Filing is a cakewalk — presidential hopefuls need to fill out a statement of candidacy with the FEC, which is free to do. Los Angeles Times, "More than 700 people have filed to run for president. Why?," 19 July 2019 The northern half will be wide open – or a Penn cakewalk. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Carmel going south in football and other major takeaways from new IHSAA alignment," 24 June 2019 No cakewalk Hollow Knight’s most difficult areas take those teaching methods to the logical extreme. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Hollow Knight beats Metroid, Dark Souls at their own brutal game," 28 July 2018 That data won’t necessarily be a cakewalk to gather. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Gorillas that are great with kids are also luckier in love," 18 Oct. 2018 The experience made their first daughter’s birth, in retrospect, seem like a cakewalk. Anndee Hochman,, "The Parent Trip: Jennifer and Mike Ellis of Flourtown," 6 June 2018 Rafael Nadal, the reigning champion, was forced out of the 2014 U.S. Open with an injury, clearing Federer’s side of the draw for what appeared to be a cakewalk to an inevitable final against Novak Djokovic. Chris Chase, For The Win, "Was Roger Federer's Wimbledon collapse the worst of his career? Ranking his five biggest losses.," 11 July 2018 If there is a Glow season 3, Sin City isn’t going to be a cakewalk for the gorgeous ladies of wrestling., "Does Glow Season 2 Actually Have A Happy Ending?," 29 June 2018 Marc Stein: Warriors staffers have been insisting to me for 48 hours that this series would not be the cakewalk that so many of us media know-it-alls have been forecasting. Benjamin Hoffman And Marc Stein, New York Times, "N.B.A. Finals: Warriors Survive Superman’s Best Punch in Game 1," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of cakewalk

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of cakewalk was in 1873

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English Language Learners Definition of cakewalk

: an easy contest to win
: an easy task

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to shake or wave menacingly

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