john·​ny·​cake ˈjä-nē-ˌkāk How to pronounce johnnycake (audio)
: a bread made with cornmeal

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The dish in question consists of three fluffy-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside corn flour pancakes, like a johnnycake but smaller and thicker. Emma Balter, Chron, 14 Mar. 2022 Options may include curry chickpeas, jerk barbecue tofu and johnnycakes, as well as a rotating menu of Caribbean specials, such as a vegan take on sauteed ackee. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, 3 Dec. 2019 But the real beauties are some of the more inventive dishes, like the Spanish octopus with marcona almond romesco and Basque pepper, or the neptune johnnycake smeared with honey butter, Boston smoked bluefish, and sturgeon caviar. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 July 2018

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Word History


probably from the name Johnny

First Known Use

1739, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of johnnycake was in 1739

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Cite this Entry

“Johnnycake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



john·​ny·​cake ˈjän-ē-ˌkāk How to pronounce johnnycake (audio)
: a bread made with cornmeal, flour, eggs, and milk

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