hush puppy

noun Chiefly Southern U.S.

a small, unsweetened cake or ball of cornmeal dough fried in deep fat.

Origin of hush puppy

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; allegedly so called because such cakes were fed to dogs to keep them from begging for scraps while other dishes were cooked Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019