[ 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

por·ridge·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for porridge


/ (ˈpɒrɪdʒ) /


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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