patty-cake

noun
pat·​ty-cake | \ ˈpa-tē-ˌkāk How to pronounce patty-cake (audio) \
variants: or \ ˈpa-​də-​ˌkāk How to pronounce pat-a-cake (audio) , ˈpat-​ə-​ \

Definition of patty-cake

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

First Known Use of patty-cake

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for patty-cake

from the opening words of the rhyme

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The first known use of patty-cake was in 1889

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Cite this Entry

“Patty-cake.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patty-cake. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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patty-cake

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English Language Learners Definition of patty-cake

: 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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