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gruel

[groo-uh l] /ˈgru əl/
noun
1.
a light, usually thin, cooked cereal made by boiling meal, especially oatmeal, in water or milk.
Origin of gruel
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle French, Old French, equivalent to gru- (< Germanic; see grout) + -el diminutive suffix
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  • Next morning they have a bath, paddy is pounded, and gruel prepared for the abstainers.

  • And then, when the gruel is eaten up, smash the bowl on the ground.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • In some cases the dietary includes bread and cheese, with gruel, and sometimes even the luxury of butter is added.

    About London J. Ewing Ritchie
  • She set the gruel on the back of the stove and went in to his bedside.

    Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • The street was filled with women, and one of them, passing with a bowl of gruel in her hand, came back and held it to his lips.

    The Battle Ground Ellen Glasgow
  • It was not as large as it is now, but it was large enough to cook my gruel.

    A Black Adonis Linn Boyd Porter
British Dictionary definitions for gruel

gruel

/ˈɡruːəl/
noun
1.
a drink or thin porridge, made by boiling meal, esp oatmeal, in water or milk
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, of Germanic origin; see grout
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Word Origin and History for gruel
n.

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.

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