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Cake (noun)

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Cake. n.s. [cuch, Teutonick.]

  1. A kind of delicate bread.

    You must be seeing christnings? do you look for ale and cakes here, you rude rascals? Shakesp. Henry VIII.

    My cake is dough, but I'll in among the rest,
    Out of hope of all, but my share of the feast.
    Shakesp. Taming of the Shrew.

    The dismal day was come, the priests prepare
    Their leaven'd cakes, and fillets for my hair.
    Dryden's Æn.

  2. Any thing of a form rather flat than high; by which it is sometimes distinguished from a loaf.

    There is a cake that groweth upon the side of a dead tree, that hath gotten no name, but it is large and of a chesnut colour, and hard and pithy. Bacon's Nat. Hist. № 552.

    Then when the fleecy skies new cloath the wood,
    And cakes of rustling ice come rolling down the flood.
    Dryden's Virgil, Georg. i. l. 418.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Henry VIII (62) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Teutonic (5)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Cake (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 30, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=3469.


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