from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly Southern U.S. See johnnycake. See Regional Note at johnnycake.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of cornbread or cornmeal cake, made of water and salt. It was originally baked before the fire or in the ashes on a hoe, now it is fried in cooking oil in a skillet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A cake of Indian meal, water, and salt, baked before the fire or in the ashes; -- so called because often cooked on a hoe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Coarse bread, generally in the form of a thin cake, made of Indian meal, water, and salt: originally that cooked on the broad, thin blade of a cotton-field hoe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. thin usually unleavened johnnycake made of cornmeal; originally baked on the blade of a hoe over an open fire (southern)
Possibly because it was sometimes baked on the blade of a hoe.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
So called because the cake was often cooked on a hoe. (Wiktionary)