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or john·ny cake

noun Northern U.S.
  1. a cake or bread made of corn meal and water or milk, usually cooked on a griddle.
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Origin of johnnycake

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

Regional variation note

See pancake.
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Historical Examples

  • Where he got it, I don't know, but what he meant was "johnny-cake."

    The Little Gold Miners of the Sierras and Other Stories


  • "Make some biscuit or a Johnny-cake," said Charlie, fertile in expedients.

  • One morning the old woman made a Johnny-cake, and put it in the oven to bake.

  • You watch the Johnny-cake while your father and I go out to work in the garden.

  • I will have raised biscuit, too–it is not often you get anything but Johnny-cake, I warrant.

Word Origin and History for johnny-cake


1739, American English, of unknown origin, perhaps from Shawnee cake, from the Indian tribe. Folk etymology since 1775, however, connects it to journey cake.

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