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noun Chiefly Southern U.S.

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

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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

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