or john·ny cake
- 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
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Examples from the Web for johnny-cake
Where he got it, I don't know, but what he meant was "johnny-cake."
"Make some biscuit or a Johnny-cake," said Charlie, fertile in expedients.The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
Amanda Minnie Douglas
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.With Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga
W. Bert Foster
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper