gruel

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noun gru·el \ˈgrü-əl\

Definition of gruel

  1. 1 :  a thin porridge

  2. 2 [from to get one's gruel to accept punishment] chiefly British :  punishment

  3. 3 :  something that lacks substance or significance the argument was thin gruel

Origin and Etymology of gruel

Middle English grewel, from Anglo-French gruel, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English grūt grout


First Known Use: 14th century


GRUEL Defined for English Language Learners

gruel

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noun gru·el \ˈgrü-əl\

Definition of gruel for English Language Learners

  • : a thin food made by boiling oatmeal or some other grain in water or milk


GRUEL Defined for Kids

gruel

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noun gru·el \ˈgrü-əl\

Definition of gruel for Students

  1. :  a thin porridge


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