por·​ridge ˈpȯr-ij How to pronounce porridge (audio)
: a soft food made by boiling meal of grains or legumes in milk or water until thick
ˈpȯr-i-jē How to pronounce porridge (audio)

Examples of porridge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Monsour’s version turns out wetter than most, taking on the pleasing consistency of rice porridge — more like Carolina bog, come to think of it. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024 It’s used in dishes both savory and sweet, although it’s particularly beloved in traditional desserts such as Indian moong dal halwa, a buttery porridge often spiced with saffron and cardamom, and Korean injeolmi, glutinous rice cakes rolled in crushed nuts. Wei Tchou, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Even teff and amaranth, typically cooked to a porridge, can be refashioned as grain salads with careful preparation. Emily Horton, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Hailing from Northern Italy, polenta is basically a cornmeal porridge (also known in the U.S. as cornmeal mush). Wini Moranville, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Jan. 2024 According to the National Museum of Denmark, the Vikings' plates held meat, fish, dairy products, cereals, bread, porridge, vegetables, and fruit. Elizabeth Gamillo, Discover Magazine, 19 Dec. 2023 The diet during the late Viking Age primarily consisted of local produce, meat, fish, dairy, porridge, and breads made from rye, wheat, and barley. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 13 Dec. 2023 At its cheapest, enough water to make the family's breakfast of pap (porridge made from ground corn) and other domestic chores for a month costs ₦24,000 ($28.43). Adie Vanessa Offiong, CNN, 29 Nov. 2023 Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a buffet of traditional Nigerian foods including coconut rice, rice with stew, yam porridge, abacha, moi-moi, egg rolls, meatballs, puff puff, nuts and plantain chips. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


alteration of pottage

Note: The sound change is peculiar. Perhaps there was some anticipatory voicing of -tt- and the resultant voiced stop was taken as a rhotic tap. Compare the same change in porringer.

First Known Use

circa 1643, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of porridge was circa 1643

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Cite this Entry

“Porridge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porridge. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


por·​ridge ˈpȯr-ij How to pronounce porridge (audio)
: a soft food made by boiling meal or a vegetable in milk or water until it thickens

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