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[groo-uh l] /ˈgru əl/
a light, usually thin, cooked cereal made by boiling meal, especially oatmeal, in water or milk.
Origin of gruel
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle French, Old French, equivalent to gru- (< Germanic; see grout) + -el diminutive suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gruel
  • He recalls the cup of thin gruel at mealtime, a soup so watered down that he could count the grains of rice.
  • Skip the rice gruel as it's pretty bland, but the other stuff is all great.
  • The other staple of their existence is a gruel made from the sago palm.
  • She was told she was working for national glory but received only watery gruel as recompense.
  • In the end, the nourishing material far outweighs the thinner gruel.
  • She ate her miserable macrobiotic gruel, and she meditated as best she could despite the excruciating pain.
  • Yes manned flight is infinitely more expensive than unmanned drones, but filet mignon is considerably more expensive than gruel.
  • If gruel is on the menu, then gruel should be served.
  • Dinner that night was tasteless and chewy-some sort of gruel with what must have been venison mixed into it.
  • It's not as if everyone concerned couldn't have known the quality of the gruel before they plunged into it.
British Dictionary definitions for gruel


a drink or thin porridge, made by boiling meal, esp oatmeal, in water or milk
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, of Germanic origin; see grout
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Word Origin and History for gruel

late 12c., "meal or flour made of beans, lentils, etc.," from Old French gruel "fine meal," from Frankish *grut (cf. Middle Dutch grute "coarse meal, malt;" Middle High German gruz "grain"), from PIE *ghreu- "to rub, grind" (see grit). Meaning "thin porridge or soup" is late 14c.

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