por·​ridge | \ˈpȯr-ij, ˈpär-\

Definition of porridge 

: a soft food made by boiling meal of grains or legumes in milk or water until thick

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porridgy \ ˈpȯr-​i-​jē , ˈpär-​ \ adjective

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What to try: Instead of waffles, the fried chicken is paired with rice porridge, called jook. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "It's National Fried Chicken Day! Phoenix restaurants for best fried chicken," 6 July 2018 Even teff and amaranth, typically cooked to a porridge, can be refashioned as grain salads with careful preparation. Emily Horton, charlotteobserver, "Four steps to making a great grain salad, every time," 19 June 2018 The inspector dropped a stop-sale on porridge, ackee, cooked banana and lettuce for being kept at an improper temperature. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Was your restaurant food surrounded by rat poop? If you ate here, it was," 12 July 2018 Serves 4 These cornmeal and oat flour pancakes begin with a cornmeal porridge, which simmers first, then cools. Caleb Barber, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Pancake lovers will sing with joy over these cornmeal-oat blueberry beauties," 9 July 2018 One guy stirred a big pot of gray porridge with a texture like wallpaper paste and doled out portions for those who had the strength to eat. Katrine Jo Andersen, The New Republic, "Rejected by A.A.," 27 June 2018 From here Chan commutes 40 minutes to the Four Seasons by subway, wobbling into the staff canteen around 9 am for rice porridge and news. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 The crunchy, nutty, fragrant crust breaks way to a porridge-like layer underneath,as the milk, eggs and butter mix with the grains. Anchorage Daily News, "Make mom’s morning with homemade baked oatmeal for breakfast," 10 May 2018 This porridge-like mix would become Octomore, the smokiest single malt on the planet. Liza Weisstuch, New York Times, "The Whisky Chronicles," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of porridge

circa 1643, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for porridge

alteration of pottage

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por·​ridge | \ˈpȯr-ij \

Kids Definition of porridge

: a soft food from meal or a vegetable that is boiled until thick

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