gruel

noun
gru·el | \ˈgrü-əl \

Definition of gruel 

1 : a thin porridge

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

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

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Other recipes included: onion gruel, Economical Meat Pie, egg daisies, and frozen Macedonia. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "Why the club sandwich may just be the perfect American food," 11 June 2018 Polenta’s humble origins lay in basic, savory gruel for the poorer classes. David Tanis, New York Times, "Polenta and Shrimp, a Marriage of Land and Sea," 2 Mar. 2018 Salad and leftover gruel from the day before had been laid out. Washington Post, "Aid freeze, politics push Gaza’s people deeper into poverty," 9 June 2018 Some subsist on the thin gruel of political cartoon shows and online impeachment petitions. Sam Dolnick, miamiherald, "After Trump won, this man vowed to become ignorant. He’s been shockingly successful | Miami Herald," 11 Mar. 2018 During Ramadan, Samia Hassan often walks five kilometers (three miles) to another Gaza City neighborhood to line up for wheat gruel cooked in a large cauldron over an open fire. Washington Post, "Aid freeze, politics push Gaza’s people deeper into poverty," 9 June 2018 During Ramadan, Samia Hassan often walks three miles to another Gaza neighborhood to line up for wheat gruel cooked in a large cauldron over an open fire. The Christian Science Monitor, "Amid growing poverty in Gaza, aid trickles in," 8 June 2018 Salad and leftover gruel from the day before had been laid out. The Christian Science Monitor, "Amid growing poverty in Gaza, aid trickles in," 8 June 2018 Another option is to cut the gruel with sawdust, though that might make residents (aka potential workers) sick. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Frostpunk review: Urban planning at the end of the world," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gruel

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gruel

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

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gruel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gruel

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

gruel

noun
gru·el | \ˈgrü-əl \

Kids Definition of gruel

: a thin porridge

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