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cake·walk

 (kāk′wôk′)
n.
1. Something easily accomplished: Winning the race was a cakewalk for her. See Synonyms at breeze1.
2. A public entertainment of the 1800s among African Americans in which walkers performing the most accomplished or amusing steps won cakes as prizes.
3.
a. A strutting dance, often performed in minstrel shows.
b. The music for this dance.
intr.v. cake·walked, cake·walk·ing, cake·walks
1. To achieve or accomplish something easily.
2. To perform a strutting dance.

cake′walk′er n.
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cakewalk

(ˈkeɪkˌwɔːk)
n
1. (Dancing) a dance based on a march with intricate steps, originally performed by African-Americans with the prize of a cake for the best performers
2. (Music, other) a piece of music composed for this dance
3. informal an easily accomplished task
vb
(Dancing) (intr) to perform the cakewalk
ˈcakeˌwalker n
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cake•walk

(ˈkeɪkˌwɔk)

n.
1. a musical promenade of black American origin with the prize of a cake awarded to couples who demonstrated the most intricate or imaginative dance figures and steps.
2. a dance with a strutting step based on this promenade.
3. syncopated music suitable for a cakewalk.
4. Informal. something easy or certain.
v.i.
5. to perform a cakewalk.
[1860–65]
cake′walk`er, n.
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cakewalk

- Started out as a competitive dance whose winner got a cake as a prize.
See also related terms for prize.
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cakewalk


Past participle: cakewalked
Gerund: cakewalking

Imperative
cakewalk
cakewalk
Present
I cakewalk
you cakewalk
he/she/it cakewalks
we cakewalk
you cakewalk
they cakewalk
Preterite
I cakewalked
you cakewalked
he/she/it cakewalked
we cakewalked
you cakewalked
they cakewalked
Present Continuous
I am cakewalking
you are cakewalking
he/she/it is cakewalking
we are cakewalking
you are cakewalking
they are cakewalking
Present Perfect
I have cakewalked
you have cakewalked
he/she/it has cakewalked
we have cakewalked
you have cakewalked
they have cakewalked
Past Continuous
I was cakewalking
you were cakewalking
he/she/it was cakewalking
we were cakewalking
you were cakewalking
they were cakewalking
Past Perfect
I had cakewalked
you had cakewalked
he/she/it had cakewalked
we had cakewalked
you had cakewalked
they had cakewalked
Future
I will cakewalk
you will cakewalk
he/she/it will cakewalk
we will cakewalk
you will cakewalk
they will cakewalk
Future Perfect
I will have cakewalked
you will have cakewalked
he/she/it will have cakewalked
we will have cakewalked
you will have cakewalked
they will have cakewalked
Future Continuous
I will be cakewalking
you will be cakewalking
he/she/it will be cakewalking
we will be cakewalking
you will be cakewalking
they will be cakewalking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cakewalking
you have been cakewalking
he/she/it has been cakewalking
we have been cakewalking
you have been cakewalking
they have been cakewalking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cakewalking
you will have been cakewalking
he/she/it will have been cakewalking
we will have been cakewalking
you will have been cakewalking
they will have been cakewalking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cakewalking
you had been cakewalking
he/she/it had been cakewalking
we had been cakewalking
you had been cakewalking
they had been cakewalking
Conditional
I would cakewalk
you would cakewalk
he/she/it would cakewalk
we would cakewalk
you would cakewalk
they would cakewalk
Past Conditional
I would have cakewalked
you would have cakewalked
he/she/it would have cakewalked
we would have cakewalked
you would have cakewalked
they would have cakewalked
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011

cakewalk

A dance in which couples walk in a square formation and take exaggerated high steps and turn corners precisely in mimicry of the white man’s artificial manners.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cakewalk - a strutting dance based on a marchcakewalk - a strutting dance based on a march; was performed in minstrel shows; originated as a competition among Black dancers to win a cake
choreography, stage dancing - a show involving artistic dancing
2.cakewalk - an easy accomplishmentcakewalk - an easy accomplishment; "winning the tournament was a cakewalk for him"; "invading Iraq won't be a cakewalk"
accomplishment, achievement - the action of accomplishing something
figure of speech, trope, image, figure - language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
Verb1.cakewalk - perform the cakewalk dancecakewalk - perform the cakewalk dance    
trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe, dance - move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance; "My husband and I like to dance at home to the radio"
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Translations

cakewalk

[ˈkeɪkwɔːk] n
(= dance) → cake-walk
(fig) (= easily accomplished task) → promenade f de santé
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