cak·​ey ˈkā-kē How to pronounce cakey (audio)
variants or less commonly caky
cakier; cakiest
: resembling cake especially in texture
cakey cookies
Some people like their brownies on the cakey side, and some feel they should be more like fudge.Laurie Colwin
: unpleasantly or unattractively thick or uneven
usually used of cosmetic products
"Full coverage foundations tend to settle into fine lines and can look cakey or heavy on the skin," said one such [makeup] artist, Monika Blunder.Kristen Bateman
Everyone remembers the cakey nude lipsticks of the Eighties, but today's promise a much more subtle effect.Kate Battersby
Before you toss that lackluster lipstick or caky concealer, check these tricks for repurposing those unflattering beauty buys.Paige DePaolis

Word History


cake entry 1 + -y entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cakey was circa 1556

Dictionary Entries Near cakey

Cite this Entry

“Cakey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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