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[shawrt-keyk] /ˈʃɔrtˌkeɪk/
a cake made with a relatively large amount of butter or other shortening.
a dessert made of short, sometimes sweetened, biscuit dough baked or split in layers, with a filling or topping of strawberries or other fruit.
Origin of shortcake
1585-95; short + cake Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But Polly sobbed on, nor could she be induced to eat the piece of shortcake she had wanted.

  • You shall have your shortcake if there is a berry within five miles.

    The Wall Between Sara Ware Bassett
  • Prepare recipe for shortcake (see No. 441), and put sauce between and on top.

  • "We'll bring it to Violet," agreed Mr. Cordyce, resuming his shortcake.

    The Box-Car Children Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Cut around the edge and pull gently apart, butter slightly, have the berries prepared as for shortcake No. 1.

    The Golden Age Cook Book Henrietta Latham Dwight
  • Do not use cake, or a sweetened crust, and call it shortcake.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • "I've got a shortcake piano, but none of my family can play on it," he said, reflectively.

    The Emerald City of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • You can't think what a shortcake that was, Polly, if you try ever so hard.

  • And sometimes big Prue would eat a berry—a real, real little one—just to see if little berries would do for a shortcake, she said.

British Dictionary definitions for shortcake


a kind of shortbread made from a rich biscuit dough
a dessert made of layers of shortcake filled with fruit and cream
Word Origin
C16: from short (in the sense: crumbly)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shortcake

also short-cake, 1590s, from short (see shortening) + cake (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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