por·​ridge | \ ˈpȯr-ij How to pronounce porridge (audio) , 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 How to pronounce porridgy (audio) , ˈpär-​ \ adjective

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The rice over the pork transforms into a soft, thin porridge, scented with sweet spices. Bill Addison, latimes.com, "Review: Does Jiang Nan Spring have the SGV’s best Shanghainese food?," 6 June 2019 Once porridge, cheese, and other soft foods dominated ancient menus, people's teeth saw less wear, which let more people keep an overbite into adulthood. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "A change in our diets may have changed the way we speak," 14 Mar. 2019 Majed sat in his high chair covered in porridge, singing, banging the table with his spoon, Sarah talked to him and chewed toast. Leila Aboulela, Harper's magazine, "Whisky Lullaby," 10 Jan. 2019 Speaking little English young Tsoi quickly learned that his favorite fish porridge and Chinese pickles in his lunch box would invite days of ridicule and harassment. Bob Morris, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Immigrant finds his calling with civic, cultural bridge-building," 17 June 2019 Nestlé anticipates growing demand for single-serve coffee, for instance, but experiences less demand for congee, a rice porridge consumed in China. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Nestlé Focuses on Factories, Procurement to Hit Cost-Cutting Goal," 24 May 2019 Think veal tongue stewed in cherry and morel sauce, or spelt wheat porridge with omul caviar and smoked sour cream. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Restaurants with a View," 10 May 2016 At Ole & Steen, customers seeking healthier options for breakfast or during other times of day will have plenty of options, from porridge to salads. Charles Passy, WSJ, "The New York Danish Faces a Danish Invasion," 19 Jan. 2019 This porridge takes about 15 to 20 minutes to prepare. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Family Table: Fuel up the children with this wholesome porridge," 10 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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The first known use of porridge was circa 1643

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por·​ridge | \ ˈpȯr-ij How to pronounce porridge (audio) \

Kids Definition of porridge

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

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