gruel


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gru·el

 (gro͞o′əl)
n.
1. A thin watery porridge.
2. Chiefly British Severe punishment.

[Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.]

gruel

(ˈɡruːəl)
n
(Cookery) a drink or thin porridge, made by boiling meal, esp oatmeal, in water or milk
[C14: from Old French, of Germanic origin; see grout]

gru•el

(ˈgru əl)

n.
a thin cooked cereal made by boiling meal, esp. oatmeal, in water or milk.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French, Old French, =gru- (< Germanic; see grout) + -el diminutive suffix]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gruel - a thin porridge (usually oatmeal or cornmeal)gruel - a thin porridge (usually oatmeal or cornmeal)
congee, jook - a Chinese rice gruel eaten for breakfast
skilly - a thin porridge or soup (usually oatmeal and water flavored with meat)
porridge - soft food made by boiling oatmeal or other meal or legumes in water or milk until thick
loblolly - thick gruel
Translations

gruel

[grʊəl] Ngachas fpl

gruel

[ˈgruːəl] ngruau m

gruel

nHaferschleim m, → Schleimsuppe f

gruel

[ˈgruːəl] npappa d'avena
References in classic literature ?
March gave the mother tea and gruel, and comforted her with promises of help, while she dressed the little baby as tenderly as if it had been her own.
I could not tell him how I felt, but he seemed to know it all; he covered me up with two or three warm cloths, and then ran to the house for some hot water; he made me some warm gruel, which I drank, and then I think I went to sleep.
Such another small basin of thin gruel as his own was all that he could, with thorough selfapprobation, recommend; though he might constrain himself, while the ladies were comfortably clearing the nicer things, to say:
Hannah had brought me some gruel and dry toast, about, as I supposed, the dinner-hour.
But you've caught cold: I saw you shivering, and you must have some gruel to drive it out.
Nobody under the table, nobody under the sofa; a small fire in the grate; spoon and basin ready; and the little saucepan of gruel (Scrooge had a cold in his head) upon the hob.
Dolly's exhortation, which was an unusually long effort of speech for her, was uttered in the soothing persuasive tone with which she would have tried to prevail on a sick man to take his medicine, or a basin of gruel for which he had no appetite.
In the morning Friar Tuck awoke disposed to be surly, but was speedily mollified by the sight of the Black Knight, who had already risen gay as a lark, washed his face and hands, and was now stirring a hot gruel over the fire.
I will have such and such a dish," while all the time the poor man will have nothing to eat that day but gruel.
The seed thus collected is winnowed and parched, and ground between two stones into a kind of meal or flour; which, when mixed with water, forms a very palatable paste or gruel.
So was Seth, for, through Lisbeth's obstinate refusal to have any woman-helper in the house, he had learned to make himself, as Adam said, "very handy in the housework," that he might save his mother from too great weariness; on which ground I hope you will not think him unmanly, any more than you can have thought the gallant Colonel Bath unmanly when he made the gruel for his invalid sister.
When I got home I undressed and rubbed myself down with whisky, put my feet in hot water and a mustard-plaster on my chest, had a basin of gruel and a glass of hot brandy-and-water, tallowed my nose, and went to bed.