Definition of pancake in English:

pancake

noun

  • 1A thin, flat cake of batter, fried on both sides in a pan and typically rolled up with a sweet or savoury filling.

    ‘crispy pancakes filled with cheese’
    [as modifier] ‘pancake batter’
    • ‘The usual suspects are on parade for dessert, with a line-up including pancakes, ice-cream, fruit salad and banana flambé.’
    • ‘The desserts were all freshly made pancakes with ice-cream and toppings.’
    • ‘It gets to half past ten and we want to go to bed so we have takeaways - often Chinese crispy duck pancakes.’
    • ‘Repeat with the remaining batter, until you have about 6-8 nice pancakes, making sure to lightly brush the pan in between with more oil.’
    • ‘Then, he says, slice some bananas on to the pancake and cover with toffee sauce.’
    • ‘Those that wisely left room for dessert can sample the variety of delicious ice cream cakes, or choose a pancake with a sweet filling of their choice.’
    • ‘The savoury pancake option, rolled with ham, gherkin, and mayonnaise, was also sampled without complaint.’
    • ‘His vegetable plate, anchored by a pea pancake, white-bean-and-spring-green strudel, and stuffed onion, is the best in town.’
    • ‘Swirl them into creamy yoghurt fools, or strew them over pancakes, waffles and French toast.’
    • ‘The table was filled with pancakes, sausages, steaks, biscuits, gravy, hash browns, toast, etc.’
    • ‘For dessert the choice is limited to pancakes, creme caramel or fruit salad.’
    • ‘If you are treating yourself or a loved one to that most indulgent of all transatlantic breakfasts, pancakes and crispy fried bacon, then Sémillon is the final touch.’
    • ‘At the cabin, breakfast takes center stage - always bacon or sausage, waffles or pancakes, and eggs.’
    • ‘Repeat with the remaining batter to form 36 pancakes and reserve.’
    • ‘We love pancakes, French toast, bacon and maple syrup.’
    • ‘Make individual pizzas for dinner, ice cream or yogurt sundaes for dessert and pancakes for breakfast.’
    • ‘The pancake batter is the nice homely type we all know and love.’
    • ‘The simplest way to make pancakes is still a favourite - a basic pancake batter made with three ingredients flour, eggs and milk.’
    • ‘Tortillas, made of cornmeal rolled into thin pancakes, are the staple diet of Hondurans.’
    • ‘I cook risotto and cakes, puddings and pancakes.’
    crêpe, drop scone, galette, waffle, griddle cake, batter cake, flannel cake
    flapjack, slapjack
    blini
    tortilla, tostada
    chapatti, dosa
    latke, blintze
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  • 2[mass noun] Make-up consisting of a flat solid layer of compressed powder, used especially in the theatre.

    • ‘Somehow the sight of five very masculine black men in heavy pancake did not diminish the fact that this was still a guys' movie.’
    • ‘It suggested couch potato culture, where pancake make-up and glitz trump substance.’
    • ‘Make-up is not about applying of pancake, dabbing rouge and lipstick.’
    • ‘Her face creased with worry, exaggerated by the layer of pancake that hid the black eye she'd landed herself with.’
    • ‘The bright young American housewife with her determined smile and crisp clothes had vanished along with the pancake make-up, the school - mistressy bun and fake cheerfulness.’
    • ‘Apply layers of pancake make-up, in the style of kabuki theatre.’
    • ‘It is notable for her freckles, which were normally hidden from filmgoers under a layer of pancake make-up.’
    • ‘His photograph depicts an androgynous figure (perhaps the artist), eyes shut, wearing white pancake make-up and draped in the American flag.’
    • ‘There was a time when a bottle of hair dye, pancake make-up, a toupee and a darkly lighted room was about the best effort we could make.’
    • ‘As a courtesy to the viewers, put several layers of heavy pancake make-up on.’
    cosmetics, greasepaint
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verb

  • 1(with reference to an aircraft) make or cause to make a pancake landing.

    [no object] ‘the plane landed, pancaking down on the runway’
    • ‘In that case the pilot pulled a low altitude loop and pancaked, but he was able to eject in time.’
    • ‘Bounce the plane on one landing gear back into the air and pancake it onto the parallel runway.’
    • ‘The pilot reported that he used his remaining airspeed to get over a seawall, stalled the airplane, and pancaked onto the runway.’
  • 2informal Flatten or become flattened.

    [with object] ‘Hurley's car was pancaked’
    • ‘There are closed shops, crumbling apartment blocks and empty offices and schools, many pancaked from bombardment and pock-marked with bullet and shrapnel holes.’
    • ‘Part of the roof of Leichenkeller 1 is intact, although it has pancaked down on to the floor.’
    • ‘Many apartment blocks simply pancaked; successive floors collapsing to form a pile of concrete slabs beneath which opportunities for survival were minimal.’
    • ‘There's just a series of about, must be 20 layers of concrete that have all just pancaked onto each other and you can see carpets and light shades and bits of clothing sticking out of it.’
    • ‘Thousands streamed back last week to find entire areas flattened and their houses pancaked and pulverised.’
    • ‘We changed the air conditioning system, which was huge and ugly, pancaking the ducts to get more space.’
    • ‘Then the second building started pancaking down.’
    • ‘Then at 9: 50, the south tower suddenly began to collapse, one floor pancaking the one below.’
    • ‘Fire department chiefs and commanders with years of experience in structural firefighting and collapse had no clue that both towers would soon be pancaking down.’
    • ‘The whole building is constructed to pancake rather than spill everywhere.’
    • ‘Looking past the driver, I watched as the North Tower came straight down, floor upon floor pancaking, the giant transmission tower settling into the dust.’
    • ‘It was essential, of course, that with each hop the gentleman's foot should land on the very top of a hat, thus pancaking said head-wear into a state of oblivion.’
    • ‘He said: ‘When we got there it was literally pancaked, crushed right down to the bottom of the windows.’’

Phrases

  • (as) flat as a pancake

    • Completely flat.

      ‘the land's as flat as a pancake’
      • ‘Britain's urban house market may be flat as a pancake, but out in the smarter shires, it's a tale of two very different sorts of properties.’
      • ‘The second set was as flat as a pancake for the first few games.’
      • ‘Here on the east coast of the USA, the coast is flat as a pancake.’
      • ‘A full 45 minutes' worth would crush you flat as a pancake.’
      • ‘Being as how the fens are flat as a pancake, and the cathedral is a very big building on top of a medium-sized hill, it's pretty visible.’
      • ‘Swindon has hills and the nearby Cotswolds and Marlborough Downs, while Cambridge is flat as a pancake.’
      • ‘Activity in the biggest eurozone economies remains as flat as a pancake.’
      • ‘Stay away from gels, pomades and waxes that will leave your strands flat as a pancake.’
      • ‘Without it, the show would be as flat as a pancake.’
      • ‘Secured with collar and leash, he lay outside, flat as a pancake, four legs outstretched against a new element for him - sand - and under a stranger, more fearsome element - sky.’
      flat, smooth, uniform, featureless, unbroken, undamaged, unwrinkled
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Origin

Late Middle English: from pan + cake.

Pronunciation:

pancake

/ˈpankeɪk/