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 Reading this story will make your hardest run feel like a cakewalk. Los Angeles Times, "The law that could make L.A. a lot wilder," 4 Mar. 2021 But Hawaii’s restrictions are a cakewalk compared to other international destinations. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what Alaska travelers can expect now that we’re in 2021," 2 Jan. 2021 The last four years against the Jayhawks haven’t exactly been a cakewalk. Dallas News, "Texas prediction: Can No. 20 Longhorns finish regular season with 7th win?," 10 Dec. 2020 Luckily, the rest of the schedule should be a cakewalk for last year’s No. 1 seed, as Baltimore will face the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals after this week’s contest. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 bold predictions for Cowboys-Ravens, including which Dallas WR is primed for a big outing," 7 Dec. 2020 The players partnered up for the cakewalk, like minstrels always did, or so Sissy had been told by old folks that had seen them years ago; only these minstrels hadn’t blacked up right. Ayana Mathis, New York Times, "On a Summer Night in Selma, an Eerie Carnival Comes to Town," 11 Nov. 2020 The expectation is that the score is similar to Clemson’s 73-7 cakewalk against Georgia Tech or Alabama’s 41-0 win over Mississippi State. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State football have backup quarterbacks with bright futures, but there’s no substitute for NFL-ready talent," 3 Nov. 2020 The hearings should have been a cakewalk, an easy win. Molly Jong-fast, Vogue, "Yes, It's Time for Lindsey Graham to Go," 17 Oct. 2020 Despite these celebrity collisions, jail time was no cakewalk. Penelope Green, New York Times, "Ardeth Platte, Dominican Nun and Antinuclear Activist, Dies at 84," 8 Oct. 2020

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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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19 Mar 2021

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“Cakewalk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cakewalk

: an easy contest to win
: an easy task

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