Definition of johnnycake in English:


Pronunciation /ˈjänēˌkāk/ /ˈdʒɑniˌkeɪk/


  • 1North American A flat cornmeal cake typically baked or fried on a griddle.

    ‘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

    (also johnny cake)
    Australian, New Zealand A small, thin unleavened wheat loaf baked in wood ashes.

    • ‘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.



/ˈjänēˌkāk/ /ˈdʒɑniˌkeɪk/