Definition of pancake in English:



  • 1A thin, flat cake of batter, usually fried and turned in a pan. Pancakes are usually eaten with syrup or rolled up with a filling.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Make individual pizzas for dinner, ice cream or yogurt sundaes for dessert and pancakes for breakfast.’
    • ‘Tortillas, made of cornmeal rolled into thin pancakes, are the staple diet of Hondurans.’
    • ‘I cook risotto and cakes, puddings and pancakes.’
    • ‘At the cabin, breakfast takes center stage - always bacon or sausage, waffles or pancakes, and eggs.’
    • ‘Swirl them into creamy yoghurt fools, or strew them over pancakes, waffles and French toast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For dessert the choice is limited to pancakes, creme caramel or fruit salad.’
    • ‘The desserts were all freshly made pancakes with ice-cream and toppings.’
    • ‘Then, he says, slice some bananas on to the pancake and cover with toffee sauce.’
    • ‘Repeat with the remaining batter to form 36 pancakes and reserve.’
    • ‘The savoury pancake option, rolled with ham, gherkin, and mayonnaise, was also sampled without complaint.’
    • ‘The usual suspects are on parade for dessert, with a line-up including pancakes, ice-cream, fruit salad and banana flambé.’
    • ‘The pancake batter is the nice homely type we all know and love.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His vegetable plate, anchored by a pea pancake, white-bean-and-spring-green strudel, and stuffed onion, is the best in town.’
    • ‘We love pancakes, French toast, bacon and maple syrup.’
    • ‘The simplest way to make pancakes is still a favourite - a basic pancake batter made with three ingredients flour, eggs and milk.’
    • ‘The table was filled with pancakes, sausages, steaks, biscuits, gravy, hash browns, toast, etc.’
    crêpe, drop scone, galette, waffle, griddle cake, batter cake, flannel cake
    flapjack, slapjack
    tortilla, tostada
    chapatti, dosa
    latke, blintze
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    1. 1.1Makeup consisting of a flat solid layer of compressed powder, widely used in the theater.
      • ‘As a courtesy to the viewers, put several layers of heavy pancake make-up on.’
      • ‘It is notable for her freckles, which were normally hidden from filmgoers under a layer of pancake make-up.’
      • ‘It suggested couch potato culture, where pancake make-up and glitz trump substance.’
      • ‘Her face creased with worry, exaggerated by the layer of pancake that hid the black eye she'd landed herself with.’
      • ‘Make-up is not about applying of pancake, dabbing rouge and lipstick.’
      • ‘Apply layers of pancake make-up, in the style of kabuki theatre.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Somehow the sight of five very masculine black men in heavy pancake did not diminish the fact that this was still a guys' movie.’
      cosmetics, greasepaint
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  • 1[with object] (with reference to an aircraft) make or cause to make a pancake landing.

    ‘he pancaked it in about twenty meters’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In that case the pilot pulled a low altitude loop and pancaked, but he was able to eject in time.’
  • 2informal Flatten or become flattened.

    [no object] ‘the hotel had pancaked into a heap of concrete’
    • ‘There are closed shops, crumbling apartment blocks and empty offices and schools, many pancaked from bombardment and pock-marked with bullet and shrapnel holes.’
    • ‘Then at 9: 50, the south tower suddenly began to collapse, one floor pancaking the one below.’
    • ‘We changed the air conditioning system, which was huge and ugly, pancaking the ducts to get more space.’
    • ‘The whole building is constructed to pancake rather than spill everywhere.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Part of the roof of Leichenkeller 1 is intact, although it has pancaked down on to the floor.’
    • ‘Thousands streamed back last week to find entire areas flattened and their houses pancaked and pulverised.’
    • ‘He said: ‘When we got there it was literally pancaked, crushed right down to the bottom of the windows.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then the second building started pancaking down.’
    • ‘Many apartment blocks simply pancaked; successive floors collapsing to form a pile of concrete slabs beneath which opportunities for survival were minimal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


  • (as) flat as a pancake

    • Completely flat.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A full 45 minutes' worth would crush you 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.’
      • ‘Here on the east coast of the USA, the coast is flat as a pancake.’
      • ‘Stay away from gels, pomades and waxes that will leave your strands flat as a pancake.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Without it, the show would be as flat as a pancake.’
      • ‘The second set was as flat as a pancake for the first few games.’
      flat, smooth, uniform, featureless, unbroken, undamaged, unwrinkled
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Late Middle English: from pan + cake.