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n. Chiefly Southern US

[Possibly because it was sometimes baked on the blade of a hoe.]


(Cookery) US a thin maize cake



n. South Midland and Southern U.S.
an unleavened cake made with flour or cornmeal.
[1735–45, Amer.]


A bread made of cornmeal and water. According to a variety of dictionaries and cookbooks, the name hoecake originated because in earlier days the bread was baked over an open fire on a hoe.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hoecake - thin usually unleavened johnnycake made of cornmeal; originally baked on the blade of a hoe over an open fire (southern)
cornmeal, Indian meal - coarsely ground corn
johnny cake, johnnycake, journey cake - cornbread usually cooked pancake-style on a griddle (chiefly New England)
South - the region of the United States lying to the south of the Mason-Dixon line
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In 1843, celebrated American banjo player Joel Sweeney was booked for eight nights in the Adelphi in Edinburgh and his signature tunes were "Jenny Get You Hoecake Done" and Knock a N*** down".
Instead of feeding the hungry and clothing the naked, these rapacious harpies would, were their powers equal to their will, snatch from the hearth of their honest parishioner his last hoecake, from the widow and her orphan children their last milch cow
The antipathy in our culture between the urban and nonurban is so durable it has its own vocabulary: (A) city slicker, tenderfoot; (B) hick, redneck, hayseed, bumpkin, robe, yokel, clodhopper, hoecake, hillbilly, Dogpatch, Daisy Mae, farmer's daughter, from the provinces, out of Deliverance.
Despite her Lamarckian genetics, this admirable American democrat of rural Indiana, this baker of hoecake, harbors the conventional New World prejudice against aristocrats.
For each hoecake drop about 2 tablespoons cornmeal mixture into skillet of hot drippings or oil and pat into flat circles, about 4 inches in diameter.