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[grid-l] /ˈgrɪd l/
a frying pan with a handle and a slightly raised edge, for cooking pancakes, bacon, etc., over direct heat.
any flat, heated surface, especially on the top of a stove, for cooking food:
a quick breakfast from the luncheonette's griddle.
Upstate New York Older Use. a circular lid covering an opening on the cooking surface of a wood or coal-burning stove.
verb (used with object), griddled, griddling.
to cook on a griddle:
Griddle two eggs for me, will you?
Origin of griddle
1175-1225; Middle English gridel, gredil < Old French gridil, gredil; see grill1 Unabridged
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  • You bet Mr. Arledge would 'a' got my decision right hot off the griddle.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Mrs. Ritson had been stooping over the griddle when Reuben entered.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Then Grannie finished, on hearth and griddle, the baking of her cakes.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Corn meal is mixed with water and baked on the flat surface of a hoe or griddle.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • Better that than to fry there like St. Lawrence on his griddle.

British Dictionary definitions for griddle


(Brit) Also called girdle. a thick round iron plate with a half hoop handle over the top, for making scones, etc
any flat heated surface, esp on the top of a stove, for cooking food
(transitive) to cook (food) on a griddle
Word Origin
C13: from Old French gridil, from Late Latin crātīculum (unattested) fine wickerwork; see grill1
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Word Origin and History for griddle

shallow frying pan, early 13c., apparently from Anglo-French gridil, Old North French gredil, altered from Old French graille, from Latin craticula (see grill).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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