pat·​ty-cake ˈpa-tē-ˌkāk How to pronounce patty-cake (audio)
variants or pat-a-cake
ˈpa-də-ˌkāk How to pronounce patty-cake (audio)
: a game in which two participants (such as mother and child) clap their hands together to the rhythm of an accompanying nursery rhyme

Word History


from the opening words of the rhyme

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of patty-cake was in 1889

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Cite this Entry

“Patty-cake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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