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[bur-goo, bur-goo] /ˈbɜr gu, bɜrˈgu/
noun, plural burgoos for 2b.
a thick oatmeal gruel, especially as eaten by sailors.
Chiefly Kentucky and Tennessee.
  1. a thick, highly seasoned soup or stew, usually made of chicken or small game and corn, tomatoes, and onions.
  2. a picnic or other gathering at which burgoo is served.
Origin of burgoo
1735-45; perhaps ultimately < Arabic burghul, burghūl cracked wheat (see bulgur), though immediate source is uncertain Unabridged
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Examples from the web for burgoo
  • The meat is also good cooked in a crock-pot or a traditional burgoo.
  • The other is to include them in a stew called burgoo, where everything's put in-vegetables and all sorts of rodent parts.
British Dictionary definitions for burgoo


/ˈbɜːɡuː; bɜːˈɡuː/
noun (pl) -goos
(nautical, slang) porridge
(Southern US)
  1. a thick highly seasoned soup or stew of meat and vegetables
  2. a picnic or gathering at which such soup is served
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from Arabic burghul crushed grain
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