[bur-goo, bur-goo]

noun, plural bur·goos for 2b.

a thick oatmeal gruel, especially as eaten by sailors.
Chiefly Kentucky and Tennessee.
  1. a thick, highly seasoned soup or stew, usually made of chicken or small game and corn, tomatoes, and onions.
  2. a picnic or other gathering at which burgoo is served.

Nearby words

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  2. burglary,
  3. burgle,
  4. burgomaster,
  5. burgonet,
  6. burgos,
  7. burgoyne,
  8. burgoyne, john,
  9. burgrave,
  10. burgundian

Origin of burgoo

1735–45; perhaps ultimately < Arabic burghul, burghūl cracked wheat (see bulgur), though immediate source is uncertain

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noun plural -goos

nautical slang porridge
Southern US
  1. a thick highly seasoned soup or stew of meat and vegetables
  2. a picnic or gathering at which such soup is served

Word Origin for burgoo

C18: perhaps from Arabic burghul crushed grain

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