Definitions

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)

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • My Granny makes the best cracklin' ho cake �?� It tastes so good I can't wait to dip my plate �?� She's cookin' ham hocks in some white-acre peas �?� She's cookin' turnip greens and macaroni and cheese �?� Get on out my way I got to ease up to that pot �?� I like my cornbread while it's still piping hot �?� I love this food Lord I can't get enough
    _Excerpt of lyrics from Ho Cakes, lyrics by JJ Grey of Mofro

    Special flat, round cast iron griddles called hoe cake griddles are available commercially. Google up Paula Deen's awesome recipe.

    February 4, 2008