Definition of patty-cake in English:

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patty-cake

Pronunciation: /ˈpadēˌkāk/
(also pat-a-cake)

noun

A children’s game in which participants gently clap each other’s hands and their own in time to the words of a rhyme.
Example sentences
  • Ashley looks like she had a really bad game of patty-cake.
  • We laughed as classmates screwed up patty-cake and made clowns of themselves.
  • From early spring to late fall, he will leave his apartment, limp across the street and coax whoever is willing to play patty-cake with him until the bus arrives.

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Syllabification: pat·ty-cake

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