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[bur-goo, bur-goo]
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noun, plural bur·goos for 2b.
  1. a thick oatmeal gruel, especially as eaten by sailors.
  2. 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.
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Origin of burgoo

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

oatmeal, gruel, polenta, mush, grout, frumenty, loblolly, pottage, burgoo, crowdie, samp

Examples from the Web for burgoo

Historical Examples

  • All Kentuckians will vow they understand the true meaning of the word "burgoo."

    The Book of Camp-Lore and Woodcraft

    Dan Beard

  • 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.

  • “You shall have your breakfast soon,” continued his master, eating the burgoo between his addresses to the animal.


    Frederick Marryat

  • 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

    Gilbert Parker

British Dictionary definitions for burgoo


noun plural -goos
  1. nautical slang porridge
  2. 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
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Word Origin

C18: perhaps from Arabic burghul crushed grain
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