pan·cake | \ ˈpan-ˌkāk \

Definition of pancake 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: a flat cake made of thin batter and cooked (as on a griddle) on both sides


pancaked; pancaking

Definition of pancake (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to make a pancake landing

transitive verb

1 : to cause to pancake

2 : to knock flat


\ ˈpan-ˌkāk \

Definition of Pan-Cake (Entry 3 of 3)

used for a cosmetic in semimoist cake form

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Synonyms for pancake

Synonyms: Noun

flapjack, griddle cake, hotcake, slapjack

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Examples of pancake in a Sentence


We had blueberry pancakes and sausage for breakfast. She wore sequins, false eyelashes, and pancake onstage.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The tabular iceberg is built like a pancake: large, flat, relatively stable. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "A Time-Lapsed Glacier Collapse Is the Saddest Science Lesson," 9 July 2018 Another highlight: Splitting a hotteok (a sweet, dense pancake filled with nuts, seeds and brown sugar) from one of the carts lined up at the main intersection. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "Japan and South Korea Cruise: A Dream World, in Real Life," 14 June 2018 Taking a shot at IHOP’s transition from a pancake to burger focus, the fast food joint changed its name to Pancake King on both Twitter and Facebook. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Burger King Has Taken Full Advantage of This Whole IHOP Name-Change Situation," 12 June 2018 Breakfast offerings include red velvet, Oreo and pineapple upside-down pancakes. Bob Shallit, sacbee, "Chicken and waffles - and 'stupid' fries - are coming to this trendy corridor | The Sacramento Bee," 23 May 2018 Much of the excitement of this hour—both for viewers and the characters themselves—was in recognizing the clone character under the pancake makeup, or in hearing a familiar tune rendered in shamisen. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Westworld: A Cut Above," 20 May 2018 Turns out back in the day, pancakes were often just a way to use up old, spent bread starter. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskana recipe: Sourdough pancakes," 27 June 2018 How about the blueberry pancakes that are a cross between the fluffy type and a crepe and have real lemon curd on top? Ina Pinkney,, "Interurban Boathouse, Frunchroom and Coffee Joint: Ina's best bets for breakfast this month," 23 May 2018 The seafood pancake was as crunchy as a potato chip pie, with fresh bites of shrimp, scallops and mussels mingled among julienned vegetables. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: At Ilsong Garden in Castle Hills, it’s best days are over," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Watch him pancake the blitzer from Georgia in another. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "From picked on to punishing: The story of new Colt Quenton Nelson," 27 Apr. 2018 Cottage cheese can be baked into muffins and added to pancake batter — and no one will ever know. Martina Schimitschek,, "5 ways to add protein and fiber to Mom's, Dad's diet," 25 Apr. 2018 Braid each tail into a fishtail and then pancake out the sides for volume. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "42 Amazing New Ways to Wear Braids," 1 Feb. 2018 The lateral movement caused them to snap outward at the weakest point — the hinge joints — freeing the upper deck to pancake down onto the lower one. Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post, "The deadliest bridge collapses in U.S. history," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pancake


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1911, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of pancake

: a thin, flat, round cake that is made by cooking batter on both sides in a frying pan or on a hot surface (called a griddle)

: thick makeup worn especially by actors


pan·cake | \ ˈpan-ˌkāk \

Kids Definition of pancake

: a flat cake made of thin batter and cooked on both sides on a griddle

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