[pawr-ij, por-]
a food made of oatmeal, or some other meal or cereal, boiled to a thick consistency in water or milk.

1525–35; variant of earlier poddidge, akin to pottage

porridgelike, adjective
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porridge (ˈpɒrɪdʒ)
1.  a dish made from oatmeal or another cereal, cooked in water or milk to a thick consistency
2.  slang a term in prison (esp in the phrase do porridge)
[C16: variant (influenced by Middle English porray pottage) of pottage]

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Word Origin & History

c.1532, "soup of meat and vegetables," alteration of pottage, influenced by M.E. porreie, from O.Fr. poree "leek soup," from por "leek," from L. porrum "leek." Association with oatmeal is 1643, first in Scottish.
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Example sentences
IF you are in the mood for a warm belly full of porridge, there is no shortage of raw materials.
Soon the words about bears and porridge being too hot melt into silence.
Moments later, the mixture is a porridge the color of sun-dried tomatoes.
McDonald's restaurants started to serve porridge for breakfast.
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