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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English cake, from Old Norse kaka (cake) (compare Norwegian kake, Icelandic/Swedish kaka, Danish kage), from Proto-Germanic *kakǭ (cake), from Proto-Indo-European *gog (ball-shaped object) (compare Romanian gogoașă (doughnut) and gogă (walnut, nut); Lithuanian gúoge (head of cabbage). Related to cookie.



cake (countable and uncountable, plural cakes)

  1. A rich, sweet dessert food, typically made of flour, sugar, and eggs and baked in an oven, and often covered in icing.
  2. A small mass of baked dough, especially a thin loaf from unleavened dough.
    an oatmeal cake
    a johnnycake
  3. A thin wafer-shaped mass of fried batter; a griddlecake or pancake.
    buckwheat cakes
  4. A block of any of various dense materials.
    a cake of soap
    a cake of sand
    • Dryden
      Cakes of rusting ice come rolling down the flood.
  5. (slang) A trivially easy task or responsibility; from a piece of cake.
  6. (slang) Money.
Usage notesEdit
  • In British usage, a biscuit is distinct from a cake; the former is generally hard but becomes soft when stale, whereas the latter is generally soft but becomes hard when stale.
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cake (third-person singular simple present cakes, present participle caking, simple past and past participle caked)

  1. (transitive) Coat (something) with a crust of solid material.
    His shoes are caked with mud.
  2. To form into a cake, or mass.

Etymology 2Edit


cake (third-person singular simple present cakes, present participle caking, simple past and past participle caked)

  1. (UK, dialect, obsolete, intransitive) To cackle like a goose.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.





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Un cake au jambon.



From English cake.



cake m (plural cakes)

  1. fruitcake (containing rum).
  2. quick bread (a smallish loaf-shaped baked good which may be sweet like an English cake or salty and with bits of meat. See insert).

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