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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But hiring international graduates won’t be a cakewalk in the UK either, Chothani argues. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "The UK has good news for Indian students—and, perhaps, bad news for the US," 13 Sep. 2019 For the cakewalk, placards with pictures of animals are placed in a circle on the ground. Kimberly Fornek,, "Hinsdale Hospital Foundation’s Junior Board serves up ice cream and fun," 26 Aug. 2019 Instead of starting the season with a nonconference cakewalk, the Eagles will be immediately tested. Julian Benbow,, "BC football will open with a bang, against Virginia Tech," 26 Aug. 2019 By no means is this going to be a cakewalk for Joe Biden. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Joe Biden May See Sharp Knives on Crowded Debate Stage," 24 June 2019 Meanwhile, the Rapids won’t be a cakewalk for Minnesota. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United’s new goal: hosting an MLS Cup playoff game," 13 Aug. 2019 It was supposed to be a cakewalk for Robeisy Ramirez — an easy professional debut for the two-time Olympic boxing gold medalist from Cuba. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Denver’s Adan Gonzales shocks the world, beats two-time Olympic boxing champion Robeisy Ramirez," 12 Aug. 2019 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

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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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