johnny-cake

johnnycake

[jon-ee-keyk]
noun Northern U.S.
a cake or bread made of corn meal and water or milk, usually cooked on a griddle.
Also, johnny cake.


Origin:
1730–40, Americanism; probably by folk etymology from earlier jonakin, of obscure origin


See pancake.
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johnny cake or johnny-cake
 
n
1.  (US) a type of thin flat corn bread baked on a griddle
2.  (Austral) a thin cake of flour and water paste cooked in the ashes of a fire or in a pan
 
johnny-cake or johnny-cake
 
n

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johnny-cake
1739, Amer.Eng., 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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