or john·ny cake

[ jon-ee-keyk ]
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nounNorthern U.S.
  1. an unleavened cake or bread made of cornmeal and water or milk, usually cooked on a griddle.

Origin of johnnycake

An Americanism dating back to 1730–40; of uncertain origin; possibly by folk etymology from earlier jonakin

regional variation note For johnnycake

See pancake. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use johnnycake in a sentence

  • You'll be like Ethan here, who tells me 'bonny clabber' is perfectly splendid, and that he 'loves' Jerusha's Johnny-cake.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • "Maw and me done put yo' in a Johnny-cake," she said, an outsider might have thought enigmatically.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • A great slab of johnny-cake and a cup of hot coffee seemed to be the only thing on the bill of fare.

  • They are fine white powders that would make the johnny-cake light and nice when it was baked; for she was making johnny-cake.

    The Sandman: His Farm Stories | William J. Hopkins
  • And she took the cover off, and the johnny-cake was nice and brown, and just right and smoking hot.

    The Sandman: His Farm Stories | William J. Hopkins

British Dictionary definitions for johnny cake

johnny cake

  1. US a type of thin flat corn bread baked on a griddle

  2. Australian a thin cake of flour and water paste cooked in the ashes of a fire or in a pan

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