[pawr-ij, por-]


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 formspor·ridge·like, adjective
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Related Words for porridge

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

Examples from the Web for porridge

Contemporary Examples of porridge

Historical Examples of porridge

  • 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.

  • There she set my porridge before me, which I declined to eat.

  • 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

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 for porridge

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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