- a food made of oatmeal, or some other meal or cereal, boiled to a thick consistency in water or milk.
Origin of porridge
Examples from the Web for porridge
I went to get a bag of horse manure and I make it liquid, like a porridge, and then ... bam!Pensioner Planned Royal Attack With Horse Faeces
November 13, 2012
There, they were presented with 40 crockpots of porridge; stacks of raisins, and piles of spoons.Live From Art Basel
December 4, 2010
No flesh nor fish can I swallow: porridge and milk are the only things I can taste.The Letters of Robert Burns
There she set my porridge before me, which I declined to eat.
"Your porridge is waiting you—as cold as a stone," she answered.
You see I don't want you to eat your meal in fear—or your porridge either.The Christian
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
- 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 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.