from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A thin watery porridge.
- n. Chiefly British Severe punishment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A thin, watery porridge.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A light, liquid food, made by boiling meal of maize, oatmeal, or flour in water or milk; thin porridge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fluid or semi-liquid food, usually for infants or invalids, made by boiling meal or any farinaceous substance in water.
- n. Hence Any pasty mess.
- To exhaust; use up; disable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a thin porridge (usually oatmeal or cornmeal)
Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French gruel ( > French gruau), from Frankish *grūt. Compare German Grütze ("grout"), English groats, grit. (Wiktionary)