hot·​cake ˈhät-ˌkāk How to pronounce hotcake (audio)
like hotcakes
: at a rapid rate
selling like hotcakes

Examples of hotcake in a Sentence

hotcakes and maple syrup will be served at the church breakfast
Recent Examples on the Web Campfire Grill, Depew, New York The cinnamon roll hotcakes are one standout on a menu full of decadent plates (think, pancakes that come in flavors like chocolate and peanut butter cup, s’mores, and fresh berry) at this traditional American cafe. Mahita Gajanan, Travel + Leisure, 17 May 2023 There were also his calls for the road warriors to pick up his breakfast—McDonald's hotcakes and sausage—or lunch—a Brawny Lad from Big Boy. Becca Hackett, Car and Driver, 22 May 2020 Published in 1826, James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans—which elevated the myth of the vanishing Indian to a romanticized cornerstone of white U.S. identity—sold like backcountry hotcakes. Caitlin Fitz, The Atlantic, 8 Apr. 2020 Doughnuts were selling like hotcakes with people coming from across the country. CBS News, 10 Dec. 2019 Houstonians can fill up on delicious hotcakes for a good cause, as proceeds from pancake week will be donated to local community gardens and organizations, depending on the location. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, 18 Feb. 2020 Fun fact: cookbooks are actually selling like hotcakes. Fortune, 15 Dec. 2019 Instant Pot Duo 60 The most popular Instant Pot model, the Duo 60, has been selling like hotcakes yet is still available on Amazon and remains at its lowest price ever—just $49 compared to its usual $80 price tag. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, 2 Dec. 2019 Like the past several years, Delhi residents are reaching for anti-pollution masks, which are selling like hotcakes. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, 15 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1683, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hotcake was in 1683

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“Hotcake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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