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[pawr-ij, por-] /ˈpɔr ɪdʒ, ˈpɒr-/
a food made of oatmeal, or some other meal or cereal, boiled to a thick consistency in water or milk.
Origin of porridge
1525-35; variant of earlier poddidge, akin to pottage
Related forms
porridgelike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for porridge
  • IF you are in the mood for a warm belly full of porridge, there is no shortage of raw materials.
  • McDonald's restaurants started to serve porridge for breakfast.
  • It is already testing oatmeal drinks and biscuits, as well as new flavours of porridge.
  • Wind it up and it looks set to masticate you into a gooey porridge.
  • The next day, mash the soup and the bread into a thick porridge.
  • porridge may not be better than steak, but it beats nothing.
  • Pour some soy sauce over it and enjoy with rice, or cook in porridge with cured pork.
  • Then it ordered my new diet: organic rice porridge and broth.
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for porridge


a dish made from oatmeal or another cereal, cooked in water or milk to a thick consistency
(slang) a term in prison (esp in the phrase do porridge)
Word Origin
C16: variant (influenced by Middle English porray pottage) of pottage
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Word Origin and History for porridge

1530s, porage "soup of meat and vegetables," alteration of pottage, perhaps from influence of Middle English porray, porreie "leek broth," from Old French poree "leek soup," from Vulgar Latin *porrata, from Latin porrum "leek." Spelling with -idge attested from c.1600. Association with oatmeal is 1640s, first in Scottish.

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