Dictionary.com

porridge

[ pawr-ij, por- ]
/ ˈpɔr ɪdʒ, ˈpɒr- /
Save This Word!

Definition of porridge

noun
a food made of oatmeal, or some other meal or cereal, boiled to a thick consistency in water or milk.

COMPARE MEANINGS

Click for a side-by-side comparison of meanings. Use the word comparison feature to learn the differences between similar and commonly confused words.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON "WAS" VS. "WERE"!
Were you ready for a quiz on this topic? Well, here it is! See how well you can differentiate between the uses of "was" vs. "were" in this quiz.
Question 1 of 7
“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Origin of porridge

1525–35; variant of earlier poddidge, akin to pottage

OTHER WORDS FROM porridge

por·ridge·like, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use porridge in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for porridge

porridge
/ (ˈpɒrɪdʒ) /

noun
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK