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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for flapjack
Historical Examples
  • We have been disappinted three or four times and had to be contented with flapjack.

    Dead Man's Land George Manville Fenn
  • Langdon bit rabidly at a flapjack and beat the earth with his heels.

    The Gay Rebellion Robert W. Chambers
  • She could heft a bar'l of flour as easy as I can flirt a flapjack.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • "Slim Travennes," replied the proprietor, flopping a flapjack.

    Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up Clarence Edward Mulford
  • 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
  • "Flopping like a flapjack," Lents commented as he watched the shifting vista.

    The Metal Moon Everett C. Smith
  • I baked the first flapjack and tossed it out of the pan over my shoulder.

    The Crimson Flash

    Roy J. Snell
  • The gold seemed to be right at the grass-roots, as flapjack had said.

    Ruth Fielding In the Saddle Alice B. Emerson
  • Seems to me I ought to be the one to file on them claims, flapjack said slowly.

    Ruth Fielding In the Saddle Alice B. Emerson
  • You couldn't digest a flapjack on anything smaller than South America.

    Pee-Wee Harris Adrift

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh
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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