from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. New England Any of several thick stews, originally an oatmeal porridge.
- n. Chiefly Kentucky & Southern Illinois A spicy stew made of poultry, game, other meats, and vegetables, usually cooked outdoors.
- n. Chiefly Kentucky & Southern Illinois A picnic featuring such a stew.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a seafaring dish from the days of sail; a sort of porridge seasoned with sugar, salt and butter
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of oatmeal pudding, or thick gruel, used by seamen.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A seamen's term for a dish made of boiled oatmeal seasoned with salt, butter, and sugar; gruel.
- n. A kind of soup made with many different kinds of meat and vegetables, highly peppered and served very hot: popular in Kentucky and other places, especially at barbecues, picnics, and other outdoor feasts.
- n. A barbecue, picnic, or woodland feast at which the soup burgoo is served.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a gathering at which burgoo stew is served
- n. porridge made of rolled oats
- n. thick spicy stew of whatever meat and whatever vegetables are available; southern United States
Perhaps alteration of ragout.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Dialectical burgood ("yeast"), perhaps from Welsh burym ("yeast") + cawl ("cabbage, gruel"). (Wiktionary)