Definition of Gruel

1. Noun. A thin porridge (usually oatmeal or cornmeal).

Specialized synonyms: Congee, Jook, Skilly, Loblolly
Generic synonyms: Porridge



Definition of Gruel

1. n. A light, liquid food, made by boiling meal of maize, oatmeal, or flour in water or milk; thin porridge.

Definition of Gruel

1. Noun. A thin, watery porridge. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Gruel

1. to disable by hard work [v -ELED, -ELING, -ELS or -ELLED, -ELLING, -ELS]

Medical Definition of Gruel

1. A semiliquid food of oatmeal or other cereal boiled in water; thin porridge. Origin: thru O. Fr., fr. Mediev. L. Grutum, meal (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gruel

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gruel (current term)
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Literary usage of Gruel

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Boston Cooking-school Cook Book by Fannie Merritt Farmer (1896)
"A richer gruel may be made by using milk instead of water, ... A delicate gruel, but more expensive and less nutritious than Oatmeal gruel I. Barley gruel. ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1911)
"After a week of the gruel the general diet was again resumed, and the sugar ... 3 PM gruel, 240 grams. On July 8 a piece of toast was added, and the sugar ..."

3. Obstetrics, the science and the art by Charles Delucena Meigs (1867)
"Oatmeal gruel.—I regard oatmeal gruel as detestable for such patients, ... So sure is this flatulency to arise, under a diet of oatmeal gruel, ..."

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