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[pawr-ij, por-] /ˈpɔr ɪdʒ, ˈpɒr-/
a food made of oatmeal, or some other meal or cereal, boiled to a thick consistency in water or milk.
Origin of porridge
1525-35; variant of earlier poddidge, akin to pottage
Related forms
porridgelike, adjective Unabridged
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  • No flesh nor fish can I swallow: porridge and milk are the only things I can taste.

  • "Your porridge is waiting you—as cold as a stone," she answered.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • There she set my porridge before me, which I declined to eat.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • You see I don't want you to eat your meal in fear—or your porridge either.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • There's a feller in the Bible that sold his—his birthday, I think 'twas—for a mess of porridge.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Gubblum's porridge was bubbling, and the thivel worked vigorously.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • The porridge was ready, and Mercy set a wooden bowl on the table.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • When a woman isn't just running even with her husband they call her lumps in his porridge.

British Dictionary definitions for porridge


a dish made from oatmeal or another cereal, cooked in water or milk to a thick consistency
(slang) a term in prison (esp in the phrase do porridge)
Word Origin
C16: variant (influenced by Middle English porray pottage) of pottage
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Word Origin and History for porridge

1530s, porage "soup of meat and vegetables," alteration of pottage, perhaps from influence of Middle English porray, porreie "leek broth," from Old French poree "leek soup," from Vulgar Latin *porrata, from Latin porrum "leek." Spelling with -idge attested from c.1600. Association with oatmeal is 1640s, first in Scottish.

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