patty–cake

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noun pat·ty–cake \ˈpa-tē-ˌkāk\

Definition of patty–cake

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

Variants of patty–cake

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play \ˈpa-də-ˌkāk, ˈpat-ə-\

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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