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noun South Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. an unleavened cake made with flour or corn meal: originally baked on a hoe but now usually cooked on a griddle.
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Origin of hoecake

An Americanism dating back to 1735–45; hoe + cake

Regional variation note

See pancake.
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Examples from the Web for hoe-cake

Historical Examples

  • At the fire-place a negro woman was frying meat and baking a hoe-cake.

    The Jucklins

    Opie Read

  • The hoe-cake was produced and partaken of ravenously and thankfully.

    Sword and Pen

    John Algernon Owens

  • Only one step above this class, another order is found on a hoe-cake.

  • Hoe-cake, a cake of Indian meal baked on a hoe or before the fire.

  • In this way the hoe-cake is baked in one, while the bacon is fried in the other.

Word Origin and History for hoe-cake


1745, American English, said to be so called because it originally was baked on the broad thin blade of a cotton-field hoe (n.).

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