[ 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), grid·dled, grid·dling.

to cook on a griddle: Griddle two eggs for me, will you?

Nearby words

  1. grid networking,
  2. grid reference,
  3. grid road,
  4. grid variation,
  5. gridder,
  6. griddlebread,
  7. griddlecake,
  8. gride,
  9. gridiron,
  10. gridiron pendulum

Origin of griddle

1175–1225; Middle English gridel, gredil < Old French gridil, gredil; see grill1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for griddling


/ (ˈɡrɪdəl) /


Also called: girdle British 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


(tr) to cook (food) on a griddle

Word Origin for griddle

C13: from Old French gridil, from Late Latin crātīculum (unattested) fine wickerwork; see grill 1

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Word Origin and History for griddling



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

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