/keɪk / (say kayk)

1. a sweet baked food in loaf or layer form, made with or without shortening, usually with flour, sugar, eggs, flavouring, and a liquid.
2. a flat, thin mass of bread, especially unleavened bread.
3. a shaped or moulded mass of other food.
4. a shaped or compressed mass: a cake of soap; a cake of tobacco.
verb (caked, caking)
verb (t)
5. to form into a cake or compact mass.
verb (i)
6. to become formed into a cake or compact mass: mud caked on his shoes.
7. cakes and ale, the good things and pleasures of life. {Phrase Origin: from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (Act II: Scene 3): `Dost thou thinke, because thou art vertuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?'}
8. have one's cake and eat it, to have the advantages, and be free of the disadvantages, of a situation.
9. piece of cake, Colloquial something easily accomplished or obtained.
10. piece of the cake, Colloquial a share of the profits, benefits, etc.
11. take the cake, Colloquial
a. to win the prize. {Phrase Origin: from the cakewalk where the winners took the cake as a prize}
b. to surpass all others; excel: *She was graceful, tall and clever, / And for lambing took the cake, / And was known out in the Never / As the lovely Wide-awake. –g.m. smith (`steele grey'), 1906.
12. the cake, the total possible material gain: don't settle for part of the cake.
{Middle English kake, from Old Norse kaka}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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