johnnycake

or john·ny cake

[jon-ee-keyk]

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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Word Origin and History for johnny-cake
n.

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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