cakewalk

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noun cake·walk \ ˈkāk-ˌwȯk \

Definition of cakewalk

1 :a black American entertainment having a cake as prize for the most accomplished steps and figures in walking
2 :a stage dance developed from walking steps and figures typically involving a high prance with backward tilt
3 a :a one-sided contest
b :an easy task

cakewalk

intransitive verb

cakewalker

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Examples of cakewalk in a Sentence

  1. She expected the election to be a cakewalk.

  2. Reducing the state budget is not going to be a cakewalk.

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First Known Use of cakewalk

1873


CAKEWALK Defined for English Language Learners

cakewalk

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Definition of cakewalk for English Language Learners

  • : an easy contest to win

  • : an easy task



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