- a thick oatmeal gruel, especially as eaten by sailors.
- Chiefly Kentucky and Tennessee.
- a thick, highly seasoned soup or stew, usually made of chicken or small game and corn, tomatoes, and onions.
- a picnic or other gathering at which burgoo is served.
Origin of burgoo
1735–45; perhaps ultimately < Arabic burghul, burghūl cracked wheat (see bulgur), though immediate source is uncertain
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Examples from the Web for burgoo
All Kentuckians will vow they understand the true meaning of the word "burgoo."
When the burgoo is done dip it out and drink it from tin cups.
Burgoo is made precisely in the same manner as mush, but with oatmeal instead of Indian.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
“You shall have your breakfast soon,” continued his master, eating the burgoo between his addresses to the animal.Snarley-yow
He gave the men pea-soup and rice instead of burgoo and the wretched oatmeal mess which was the staple thing for breakfast.No Defense, Complete
- nautical slang porridge
- Southern US
- a thick highly seasoned soup or stew of meat and vegetables
- a picnic or gathering at which such soup is served
C18: perhaps from Arabic burghul crushed grain
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