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[flap-jak] /ˈflæpˌdʒæk/
a pancake or griddlecake.
British. a small case for face powder; compact.
Origin of flapjack
First recorded in 1590-1600; flap + jack1
Regional variation note
1. See pancake. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for flapjack
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  • Ross, turning a flapjack awkwardly, looked inquiringly over his shoulder.

    Ross Grant Tenderfoot John Garland
  • "Slim Travennes," replied the proprietor, flopping a flapjack.

    Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up Clarence Edward Mulford
  • They set off eagerly into the hills after lunch and met flapjack and his daughter as had been appointed.

    Ruth Fielding In the Saddle Alice B. Emerson
  • "Flopping like a flapjack," Lents commented as he watched the shifting vista.

    The Metal Moon Everett C. Smith
  • I can see, said Tuckerman, as he finished his third flapjack, that Davids reputation as a cook has not been exaggerated.

    Peter Cotterell's Treasure Rupert Sargent Holland
  • The penalty of dropping a flapjack in the fire is to be made to eat it without wiping off the ashes.

  • I ought not to be hungry; I tried to toss a flapjack, but it got stuck to the pan.

    The Adventures of a Modest Man Robert W. Chambers
  • Boston Brown Bread Flour is self-rising, on the principle of the flapjack flour.

    Camp and Trail Stewart Edward White
  • You couldn't digest a flapjack on anything smaller than South America.

    Pee-Wee Harris Adrift Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • “Make him put up a stiff fight,” he admonished through a mouthful of flapjack.

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for flapjack


a chewy biscuit made with rolled oats
(US & Canadian, NZ) another word for pancake
Word Origin
C17: from flap (in the sense: toss) + jack1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flapjack

pre-1600, from flap + jack (n.), using the personal name in its generic object sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for flapjack



A pancake (1600+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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