or john·ny cake

[ jon-ee-keyk ]
/ ˈdʒɒn iˌkeɪk /

noun Northern U.S.

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 for johnnycake

See pancake. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for johnnycake

  • He was a tremendous big feller, said MGraw, heaping a tin plate with johnnycake and pouring bacon grease over it.

  • Ye'll find a haunch of venison in the cupboard that I roasted to-day, and some johnnycake; I doubt ef either be cold.

    Holiday Tales|W. H. H. Murray
  • I guess my coffees biled sufficient, and Im about to fry me a mess of bacon and johnnycake.

  • The steaks were capital; and as for the johnnycake, nobody in all Benton Valley could beat aunt Judith at that sort of thing.

    Winter Fun|William O. Stoddard

British Dictionary definitions for johnnycake

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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