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or johnny 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.
Origin of johnnycake
1730-40, Americanism; probably by folk etymology from earlier jonakin, of obscure origin
Regional variation note
See pancake. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • You watch the johnny-cake while your father and I go out to work in the garden.

  • Where he got it, I don't know, but what he meant was "johnny-cake."

  • The old man built a fire in his mud fireplace, and prepared the evening meal of broiled bacon, johnny-cake, and coffee.

    The Purple Heights Marie Conway Oemler
  • One morning the old woman made a johnny-cake, and put it in the oven to bake.

  • johnny-cake was made of corn-meal boiled with water, probably the same as our mush now.

    The Historical Child Oscar Chrisman
  • We had hot biscuit, fried bacon, johnny-cake, butter and milk.

    My First Campaign J. W. Grant
  • She sent you from the table, and made you go without your breakfast, and we had ham and johnny-cake toast that morning, too.

    Gretchen Mary J. Holmes
  • For my part, I almost wish we could go back to pumpkin-pie and johnny-cake.

    With Edge Tools Hobart Chatfield-Taylor
  • "Make some biscuit or a johnny-cake," said Charlie, fertile in expedients.

    The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Can I ever eat creamed codfish and johnny-cake again, think you?

    A Court of Inquiry Grace S. Richmond
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
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