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 Hickenlooper’s luckless June has jeopardized what was once believed to be a cakewalk to the Democratic nomination for a popular former governor. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Cavalry comes to Hickenlooper’s aid with 1 week left in Senate primary," 23 June 2020 Chatting with the manager, coaches or broadcasters was a cakewalk. Bruce Jenkins,, "From flying with A’s to Zooming with Giants: Media’s closing window to teams," 2 July 2020 By my last day, a seven-hour drive seemed like a cakewalk. Rachel Brown, National Geographic, "‘We are living in a different world’: Scenes from a drive across America," 2 July 2020 Strat-O-Matic's playoff simulation didn't give the Bucks a cakewalk to the finals, either. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks fall in Game 7 of NBA Finals to Clippers in Strat-O-Matic simulation," 21 June 2020 The non-conference slate is certainly no cakewalk with Alabama and Notre Dame. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "ASU football projected to win Pac-12 South over USC, Utah in 2020 season," 16 June 2020 So, this is a cakewalk compared to working with my brother. Lynette Rice,, "Capt. Keith Colburn talks about latest challenge on Deadliest Catch: Beating the Russians," 13 Apr. 2020 The moves by the Buffalo Bills and surprising resilience of the Miami Dolphins means the AFC East will no longer be a cakewalk. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Tom Brady's departure from the Patriots seems even more jarring in turbulent week," 17 Mar. 2020 Which is what the other top teams are expected to do against cakewalks this weekend. Nathan Baird,, "Where should Ohio State football be in the College Football Playoff ranking after three games?," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cakewalk

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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9 Aug 2020

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“Cakewalk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cakewalk

: an easy contest to win
: an easy task

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