a cake, usually thin and brittle, made of oatmeal.

Origin of oatcake

First recorded in 1590–1600; oat + cake
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Examples from the Web for oatcake

Historical Examples of oatcake

  • Would you like a drink of milk or a piece of oatcake before you go?

  • Then he ate ravenously of the cold wild-fowl and oatcake which George had provided.

    The Half-Hearted

    John Buchan

  • And they all supped on fried potatoes, cheese, oatcake and jam!

    Elizabeth's Campaign

    Mrs. Humphrey Ward

  • She set a plate of oatcake and a jug of buttermilk on the table before Neal, and bade him eat.

    The Northern Iron

    George A. Birmingham

  • She then provided us with some hot milk and oatcake, and something we had never tasted before, which she called "seath."

    From John O'Groats to Land's End

    Robert Naylor and John Naylor

British Dictionary definitions for oatcake



a brittle unleavened oatmeal biscuit
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