gruel gruel  /ˈɡru ɪl/


  • (n) a thin porridge (usually oatmeal or cornmeal)


  1. They fed pork and lamb, fish, chicken and guinea-hen, eggs and milk, toast gruel, oatmeal, rolls, potatoes, vegetables.
  2. She reaches into her apron and pulls out a handful of semi-rotten, bug-infested millet, which will be the basis for the gruel she will prepare for the meal that evening.
  3. He'd pictured small children consuming the golden gruel their mothers would make, knowing that it would sharpen their eyesight and strengthen their resistance to infectious diseases.



  1. For his part, Obama said the criticism of Kagan has been "pretty thin gruel."
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: USA Today

  2. In "Oliver Twist," Dickens wrote, the orphans were given "three meals of thin gruel a day, with an onion twice a week and half a roll on Sunday."
    on Dec 17, 2008 By: Charles Dickens Source: AFP

  3. "Training for 20,000 when over 200,000 have lost their job is pretty thin gruel," Hampton said. "What happens to the other 180,000?"
    on Mar 25, 2008 By: Howard Hampton Source:

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