Definition of burgoo in English:



mass noun
  • 1North American A stew or thick soup, typically one served at an outdoor meal.

    • ‘The local Kentucky barbecue places use meats left over from their barbecuing (typically, pork, beef or lamb) as the basis for burgoos that change depending on what meats happen to be left over.’
    • ‘Among our fans, he is as popular as burgoo and as recognizable as the Keeneland logo.’
    • ‘Mutton gives the burgoo the same oomph that squirrel and other wild game formerly provided.’
    • ‘Back in style are New England boiled dinners, Kentucky burgoos, Florida conch seviche, New Orleans gumbo - and soups, chowders, breads and pies of every stripe and spice.’
    • ‘In the old days, burgoos were stewed over open fires, often for two days or more.’
    • ‘Legend has it that burgoo can be kept going for months and any kind of meat from squirrel, rabbit, venison, and bear can be used.’
    outdoor meal, al fresco meal, barbecue
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  • 2Nautical
    A thick porridge.

    • ‘Me mam once said that burgoo (porridge) will "put a skin on your belly like velvet."’
    • ‘In the British Royal Navy, Burgoo refers to a thick oatmeal gruel or porridge.’
    • ‘Burgoo was originally a thin gruel or porridge made by sailors in the 17th century.’


From Arabic burġul (see burghul).