patty–cake

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noun pat·ty–cake \ˈpa-tē-ˌkāk\
variants: or

play \ˈpa-də-ˌkāk, ˈpat-ə-\

Definition of patty–cake

  1. :  a game in which two participants (such as mother and child) clap their hands together to the rhythm of an accompanying nursery rhyme

Origin and Etymology of patty–cake

from the opening words of the rhyme


First Known Use: 1889


PATTY–CAKE Defined for English Language Learners

patty–cake

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noun pat·ty–cake \ˈpa-tē-ˌkāk\

Definition of patty–cake for English Language Learners

  • : a children's game in which two people lightly hit their hands together while singing a short poem (called a nursery rhyme)

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