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

Other Words from porridge

porridgy \ ˈpȯr-​i-​jē How to pronounce porridge (audio) , ˈpär-​ \ adjective

Examples of porridge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Locals eat it as a breakfast porridge, or as a grain dish similar to couscous. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 July 2022 They can be served with rice, fried and eaten with vegetables, or made into porridge. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Serve with your choice of toppings, stirred into the congee to flavor it, or added on top, to be eaten between spoonfuls of porridge. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 19 May 2022 Even when refugees could cook, the food was limited to porridge, corn and salt. Magdalena Del Valle, BostonGlobe.com, 20 May 2022 His family subsisted on occasional bowls of porridge, honey and some cans of food. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2022 If patties aren’t your speed, choose from 11 other Jamaican dishes—like ackee and saltfish or banana porridge—that Latoya and Delroy teach throughout the week. Bon Appétit, 13 May 2022 Others walked along the traffic, offering soup and porridge to passengers stuck in cars and to families trekking beside them. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2022 The ultimate Filipino comfort food, lugaw is a savory rice porridge that likely made its way to the Philippines via Chinese congee. Dorothy Hernandez, CNN, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Porridge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porridge. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for porridge


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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