Definition of johnnycake in English:

johnnycake

noun

  • 1North American [mass noun] Maize flour bread typically baked or fried on a griddle.

    • ‘Served with cooked grits and johnny cake (a type of bread), they are a popular breakfast food.’
    • ‘These early American corn breads, including the hoe cakes and johnny cake which attracted praise from Benjamin Franklin were griddle or hearth baked.’
    • ‘Cornmeal and water or milk, cooked on a griddle, was called ‘johnny cake.’’
  • 2Australian NZ johnny cakeA 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.’

Origin

Early 18th century: also referred to as journey cake, which may be the original form.

Pronunciation:

johnnycake

/ˈdʒɒnɪkeɪk/