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.
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Examples from the Web for flapjack

Historical Examples of flapjack

  • Boston Brown Bread Flour is self-rising, on the principle of the flapjack flour.

    Camp and Trail

    Stewart Edward White

  • The penalty of dropping a flapjack in the fire is to be made to eat it without wiping off the ashes.

  • She could heft a bar'l of flour as easy as I can flirt a flapjack.

    Roughing It

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • And no old cook with a trail outfit could toss a flapjack better than Chet Havens.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for flapjack



a chewy biscuit made with rolled oats
US, Canadian and NZ another word for pancake

Word Origin for flapjack

C17: from flap (in the sense: toss) + jack 1
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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.

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