- a light, usually thin, cooked cereal made by boiling meal, especially oatmeal, in water or milk.
Origin of gruel
Examples from the Web for gruel
A great side-benefit to the gruel of writing fiction is the fleeting moments of wish fulfillment the empty page provides.Five Great Literary Homes, From Pemberley to Ruth’s
March 18, 2014
Busch then added, “If he is so indigent, who pays you Mr. Gruel?”Judge Denies Bail Request by Anthony Pellicano, Former Sleuth to the Stars
August 14, 2012
“He is not dangerous to the community,” Gruel said in an interview with the Daily Beast.
Gruel says Pellicano is broke and nearly blind due to an eye condition called spasmodic blepharospasm.
At the next water, he mixed some of the meal into a gruel and ate it.
She poured the gruel into a bowl, and then went over to her workbox.
Now for a minute the gruel was forgotten, and Mrs. Lewis looked at Kitty in amazement.
Once, when Kirsty was absent for a little while, Mrs. Mitchell brought me some gruel.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
His mother, on a stuel, At the crannied hearth prepared his gruel.
- a drink or thin porridge, made by boiling meal, esp oatmeal, in water or milk
Word Origin and History for gruel
late 12c., "meal or flour made of beans, lentils, etc.," from Old French gruel "fine meal," from Frankish *grut (cf. Middle Dutch grute "coarse meal, malt;" Middle High German gruz "grain"), from PIE *ghreu- "to rub, grind" (see grit). Meaning "thin porridge or soup" is late 14c.