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cake

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English

Etymology 1

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, kuchen, and quiche.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: kāk, IPA(key): /kʰeɪk/
  • Rhymes: -eɪk

Noun

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.
    Synonym: gâteau
  2. A small mass of baked dough, especially a thin loaf from unleavened dough.
  3. A thin wafer-shaped mass of fried batter; a griddlecake or pancake.
    buckwheat cakes
  4. A block of any of various dense materials.
    Synonym: block
    • Dryden
      Cakes of rusting ice come rolling down the flood.
  5. (slang) A trivially easy task or responsibility; from a piece of cake.
    Synonyms: piece of cake; see also Thesaurus:easy thing
  6. (slang) Money.
  7. Used to describe the doctrine of having one's cake and eating it too.
    • 2018, The Guardian, "UK's aspirations for post-Brexit trade deal an illusion, says Donald Tusk", Daniel Boffey, Peter Walker, Jennifer Rankin, and Heather Stewart, 23 February 2018
      "It looks like the cake [and eat it] philosophy is still alive." Quote attributed to Donald Tusk.
  8. (slang) An exceptionally plump and callipygous female buttock.
Usage notes
  • In North America, a biscuit is a small, soft baked bread similar to a scone but not sweet. In the United Kingdom, a biscuit is a small, crisp or firm, sweet baked good — the sort of thing which in North America is called a cookie. (Less frequently, British speakers refer to crackers as biscuits.) In North America, even small, layered baked sweets like Oreos are referred to as cookies, while in the UK, only those biscuits which have chocolate chips, nuts, fruit, or other things baked into them are also called cookies.
  • Throughout the English-speaking world, thin, crispy, salty or savoury baked breads like these are called crackers, while thin, crispy, sweet baked goods like these and these are wafers.
  • Both the US and the UK distinguish crackers, wafers and cookies/biscuits from cakes: the former are generally hard or crisp and become soft when stale, while the latter is generally soft or moist and becomes hard when stale.
Derived terms
Descendants
  • Assamese: কে’ক (kék)
  • Dutch: kaak, cake (also keek, older also kaaks, keeks)
  • Nauruan: keik
  • Japanese: ケーキ (kēki)
  • Portuguese: queque
  • Russian: кек (kek)
  • Spanish: queque

From the plural cakes:

  • Danish: kiks
    • Faroese: keks
  • German: Keks
    • Polish: keks
    • Russian: кекс (keks)
    • Serbo-Croatian: kȅks, ке̏кс
  • Icelandic: kex
  • Norwegian:
    • Bokmål: kjeks
    • Nynorsk: kjeks
  • Swedish: kex
    • Finnish: keksi
Translations
See also
  • Category:Cakes and pastries

Verb

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.
    Synonyms: crust, encrust
  2. To form into a cake, or mass.
Translations

Etymology 2

Verb

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

  1. (Britain, dialectal, obsolete, intransitive) To cackle like a goose.

Translations

Further reading

  • cake on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • cake on Wikimedia Commons.Wikimedia Commons

Anagrams

  • akçe

Dutch

Etymology

Borrowed from English cake.

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: cake

Noun

cake m (plural cakes, diminutive cakeje n)

  1. pound cake

Fijian

Adverb

cake

  1. up

French

Etymology

Borrowed from English cake.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kɛk/

Noun

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).

Further reading

  • “cake” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • kake, caake, cayk

Etymology

From Old Norse kaka, from Proto-Germanic *kakǭ.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈkaːk(ə)/

Noun

cake (plural cakes)

  1. cake (any sort of flat doughy food)
  2. (medicine) A cake prepared to cure disease or illness.
  3. (Christianity, rare) The communion wafer or host.
  4. (rare) A lump, boil, or ball; a cake-shaped object.

Derived terms

  • pancake

Descendants

  • English: cake
  • Scots: cake

References

  • “cāke (n.)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-07-05.

Spanish

Etymology

Borrowed from English cake, from Middle English cake, from Old Norse kaka.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈkeiɡ/, [ˈkei̯ɣ]

Noun

cake m (plural cakes)

  1. cake; fruitcake

Tocharian B

Etymology

From Proto-Indo-European *ték(ʷ)os.

Noun

cake

  1. river

References

  • Adams, Douglas Q. (2013) A Dictionary of Tocharian B: Revised and Greatly Enlarged (Leiden Studies in Indo-European; 10), Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi, →ISBN

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