from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something easily accomplished: Winning the race was a cakewalk for her.
- n. A 19th-century public entertainment among African Americans in which walkers performing the most accomplished or amusing steps won cakes as prizes.
- n. A strutting dance, often performed in minstrel shows.
- n. The music for this dance.
- intransitive v. To perform a strutting dance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A contest in which cake was offered for the best dancers.
- n. The style of music associated with such a contest.
- n. The dance, or style of dance associated with such a contest.
- n. Something that is easy or simple, or that does not present a great challenge.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a strutting dance based on a march; was performed in minstrel shows; originated as a competition among Black dancers to win a cake
- v. perform the cakewalk dance
- n. an easy accomplishment
Some etymologists believe the term cakewalk and piece of cake and takes the cake came about when contest winners in rural areas of the United States were given cakes as prizes, for just about any competition.
The only way McCainiac gets a "cakewalk" is if if it's Hill/McCain and Bloomberg jumps in (which is highly likely in that scenario).
Obama is a fighter ... no one thought it would ever have come to him being on the verge of the nomination, HIllary thouight it was going to be a cakewalk from the start.
* No one in the Bush administration ever said the war would be a "cakewalk" --- that term was used by a private consultant.
Even better, once there had been such a demonstration, a guaranteed "cakewalk" -- as, say, in Iraq -- who would ever dare stand up to American power again?
Republican Ken Adelman, one of the architects of the Iraq war who once infamously claimed that post-war Iraq would be a "cakewalk" - and who is widely hated by the far left for his
The cakewalk was a dance performed by slaves in the Deep South, usually on Sundays.
Most people were calling a cakewalk -- you know, be prepared to turn off your television sets early, because this isn't much of a game you're about to watch -- when in fact it turned out to be really one of the great legendary football games in our country's history.
The following week he was summoned before the disciplinary committee of his church and charged with unchristian conduct, in the following particulars, to wit: dancing, and participating in a sinful diversion called a cakewalk, which was calculated to bring the church into disrepute and make it the mockery of sinners.
They did finally come around to the notion that invading Iraq wouldn't be a "cakewalk," but not until things had totally gotten out of control and many thousands of lives had been lost.