from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. New England & Upper Midwest Cornmeal bread usually shaped into a flat cake and baked or fried on a griddle. Also called regionally ashcake, batter bread, battercake, corn cake, cornpone, hoecake, journey cake, pone, Shawnee cake.

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  • n. A dense, baked or fried flatbread made of cornmeal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of bread made of the meal of maize (Indian corn), mixed with water or milk, etc., and baked.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the southern United States, a cake of Indian meal mixed with water or milk, seasoned with salt, and baked or toasted by being spread on a board set on edge before a fire. It is of negro origin.
  • n. In other parts of the United States, any unsweetened flat cake of Indian meal, sometimes mixed with mashed pumpkin (especially in New England), and usually baked in a pan: incorrectly used at times for corn-bread, pone, etc.
  • n. In Australia, a cake baked on the ashes or cooked in a frying-pan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. cornbread usually cooked pancake-style on a griddle (chiefly New England)
  • n. cornbread usually cooked pancake-style on a griddle (chiefly New England)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Perhaps by folk etymology from jonakin.

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johnny, alteration of journey + cake


  • They taught colonists to make a corn batter which, when cooked on a rock griddle or wooden board, became the flat bread known as johnnycake or journey cake for its rock-hard texture and inability to spoil.

    One Big Table

  • In that case, it's much like johnnycake, which is a moist cornbread served with syrup, usually - in my case - for supper.

  • The meals were heavy on johnnycake and meat, with garden produce in season; everything eaten was grown on the property.

    George Washington’s First War

  • Seared tuna, smoked trout, and poached salmon over a seaweed salad; herb-infused turkey breast with sweet potatoes, cranberry johnnycake, and bacon-wrapped green beans; and a chocolate-mousse crunch cake with apricot-and-cherry sauce.

    Food Fight

  • Mix together 1cup johnnycake meal or cornmeal, preferably stone ground see Sources, page 359, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon table salt in a large bowl.


  • There are just some days when I think to myself, “Damn, I could sure love to hear me some tunes of lumberjacks sitting on a tree stump eating johnnycake, and songs of Klondike gold miners, preferably with off-key background vocals and really odd scat singing.”

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • But he also had some chewy, stale johnnycake and a small jar of honey.

    Crystal Rain

  • They dipped the johnnycake in the honey as if it were dessert and sipped at the canteen as they passed over a swatch of land shaped in squares.

    Crystal Rain

  • Shell was hopeless at school, a good-joke johnnycake, in trouble with the masters and in the skirts of the misses.

    Son of a Witch

  • Flatbreads were a common feature of late Stone Age life in parts of the world where grains were the chief food in the diet; surviving versions include Middle Eastern lavash, Greek pita, Indian roti and chapati, all made mainly from wheat but also other grains, and the Latin American tortilla and North American johnnycake, both made from maize.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen


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  • Food shortages persisted until the army was reduced to living on johnnycake and corn dodger.

    July 3, 2009