patty-cake

noun pat·ty-cake \ ˈpa-tē-ˌkāk \
variants: or play \ˈpa-də-ˌkāk, 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

Origin and Etymology of patty-cake

from the opening words of the rhyme


PATTY-CAKE Defined for English Language Learners

patty-cake

noun

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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