or john·ny cake


noun Northern U.S.

a cake or bread made of corn meal and water or milk, usually cooked on a griddle.

Origin of johnnycake

1730–40, Americanism; probably by folk etymology from earlier jonakin, of obscure origin

Regional variation note

See pancake. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for johnny cake

johnny cake



US a type of thin flat corn bread baked on a griddle
Australian a thin cake of flour and water paste cooked in the ashes of a fire or in a pan
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