pan·​cake | \ ˈpan-ˌkāk How to pronounce pancake (audio) \

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)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to pancake
2 : to knock flat


\ ˈpan-ˌkāk How to pronounce Pan-Cake (audio) \

Definition of Pan-Cake (Entry 3 of 3)

used for a cosmetic in semimoist cake form

Synonyms for pancake

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of pancake in a Sentence

Noun We had blueberry pancakes and sausage for breakfast. She wore sequins, false eyelashes, and pancake onstage.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Spoon batter for each pancake into the pre-heated pan with a ladle. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 6 Aug. 2022 When hot, pour about ⅓ cup batter into skillet; cook until pancake is lightly browned on bottom and edges are set, about 2 minutes. People Staff,, 30 July 2022 The footage then zooms in on Bowie in his flame-haired Ziggy Stardust prime, staring into the lens with a face full of pancake makeup and a temporary anchor tattoo on his left cheek. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 27 July 2022 The last one rode on 20-inch rims with 245/30 summer rubber that had pancake-thin sidewalls. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 21 July 2022 Ring had fled the scene in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park with his wife and three children to an area behind a popular pancake house. Wire Reports, oregonlive, 6 July 2022 Ring had fled the scene in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park with his wife and three children to an area behind a popular pancake house. Martha Irvine,, 6 July 2022 The restaurateur behind one of Brooklyn’s best pancake spots (Greenpoint’s Chez Ma Tante) is jumping boroughs and making his Manhattan debut. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 6 July 2022 But this summer will once again bring rodeo fans from around the Pacific Northwest for four days of bronc riding, calf roping, cowboy clowning, live music, a dance, carnival games and rides, a golf tournament, parades and a pancake breakfast. oregonlive, 28 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the coming minutes, some sections will pancake, while others will topple completely. Bruce Barcott, Outside Online, 25 Aug. 2011 My own view is that this is the time to be safe while earning some yield and rolling down the front end of the yield curve which will be the first one to pancake when something breaks. Vineer Bhansali, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 It is not supposed to crack your ribs and pancake your brain against the back of your skull. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 15 Oct. 2021 Try stirring some into an espresso or add some nibs to pancake batter; sprinkle on top of ice cream or yogurt for a bittersweet kick. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Mar. 2021 Some cookies could pancake, while others might turn out overly cakey. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 18 Dec. 2020 Be sure to use pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup. Chris Ross,, 2 Dec. 2019 Watch him pancake the blitzer from Georgia in another. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, 27 Apr. 2018 Cottage cheese can be baked into muffins and added to pancake batter — and no one will ever know. Martina Schimitschek,, 25 Apr. 2018 See More

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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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pan·​cake | \ ˈpan-ˌkāk How to pronounce pancake (audio) \

Kids Definition of pancake

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

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