cake·​walk | \ˈkāk-ˌwȯk \

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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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 After all that, turning into a royal with a penchant for natural beauty was a cakewalk. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Makeup Vlogger Promise Tamang Transformed Herself Into Meghan Markle on Her Wedding Day," 18 June 2018 The home schedule isn’t a cakewalk, either: U-M hosts both Penn State and Wisconsin, teams that are ranked 11th and ninth, respectively, by Athlon. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football ranked fifth in Athlon's top 25: Why that's too high," 21 May 2018 But the road to the state finals isn’t a cakewalk for No. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "High school girls tennis sectionals: 5 things to watch," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of cakewalk

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of cakewalk

: an easy contest to win

: an easy task

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