Part of speech: noun
Origin: North American English, mid 19th century
A kind of spiced apple pie baked in a deep dish.
Examples of Pandowdy in a sentence
"Aunt Grace always brings a pandowdy to our annual family reunions."
"Hector preferred a pandowdy to a traditional apple pie."
Popularity Over Time
It’s believed this word originated in the 19th century, but its exact origins are unknown. Classified as an “Americanism,” or an English slang word developed in the U.S., it is possible that this word developed from the word “pan” (referring to the custard-like dessert) or as a reference to the pan that pies are prepared in. Whatever its origins, be sure to pick up a pie to enjoy on March 14th, Pi Day.
Did you Know?
While nothing is as American as a well-baked pandowdy, apple pies were not actually invented in America. Apple pies were created in Europe during the pie-making craze of the 13th and 14th centuries, and, due to a sugar shortage, didn’t even have crusts. The modern apple pie was created by Dutch bakers, who introduced the iconic lattice-style crusts that are recognizable to bakers today.