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johnnycake Line breaks: johnny|cake
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɒnɪkeɪk/

Definition of johnnycake in English:


1 [mass noun] North American Maize flour bread typically baked or fried on a griddle.
Example sentences
  • Served with cooked grits and johnny cake (a type of bread), they are a popular breakfast food.
  • Cornmeal and water or milk, cooked on a griddle, was called ‘johnny cake.’
  • These early American corn breads, including the hoe cakes and johnny cake which attracted praise from Benjamin Franklin were griddle or hearth baked.
2 (johnny cake) Australian /NZ A small, thin unleavened wheat loaf baked in wood ashes.
Example sentences
  • I've tasted his johnny cakes, flour mixed with salt and water on a fence post and cooked on a sheet of galvanized iron, zinc curling off around the dough.


Early 18th century: also referred to as journey cake, which may be the original form.

Words that rhyme with johnnycake

fishcake • tipsy cake
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