Definition of oatmeal in English:



mass noun
  • 1Meal made from ground oats, used in porridge, oatcakes, or other food.

    ‘medium Scottish oatmeal’
    as modifier ‘oatmeal porridge’
    • ‘Complex carbohydrates like oatmeal and whole wheat bread ultimately break down into simple carbohydrates like sugar.’
    • ‘I like to carb up with both complex carbohydrates like oatmeal and with simple carbohydrates like apple-pie filling and dried fruit.’
    • ‘In a mixing bowl combine flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, nuts, baking soda and salt.’
    • ‘Try to get as much fiber as you can from bodybuilding foods such as oatmeal, brown rice, whole-grain breads, vegetables, legumes and fruit.’
    • ‘Each passenger was allowed three quarts of water per day and seven pounds of bread, biscuit, flour, oatmeal or rice per week.’
    • ‘Whereas many windmills were built on high land, Pilling Mill had to be a tall one in order to make the best use of the wind needed to produce the power to turn the huge stones grinding locally-grown oats into oatmeal.’
    • ‘Oatmeal baths can be prepared at home also by grinding or blending dry oatmeal into a fine powder and adding about 2 cups to the bath water.’
    • ‘Emphasize protein, complex carbohydrates (such as oatmeal, yams and brown rice) and unsaturated fat.’
    • ‘Christmas puddings were made of meat, oatmeal and spices.’
    • ‘For breakfast people may eat porridge made of cornmeal or oatmeal, cereal, or bread and tea.’
    • ‘Laver ‘bread’ is the green pulp produced by boiling the seaweed for up to six hours; it is then usually mixed with oatmeal and fried in bacon or sausage fat.’
    • ‘No bait is needed; however, if you prefer to use bait, peanut butter mixed with oatmeal can be placed on the trap triggers.’
    • ‘Dorothy took long baths in ground oatmeal that she didn't mind for this kept the raging itch from becoming too fierce.’
    • ‘I eat my share of rice, breads, pasta, potatoes and oatmeal.’
    • ‘Try to get in an equal amount of carbs and protein, with the carbs coming from complex sources such as oatmeal, brown rice and whole-grain bread.’
    • ‘I shopped for healthier foods like chicken, fruit, vegetables, oatmeal and other whole grains.’
    • ‘Steerage passengers were given a fairly plain diet of salted meat, biscuits, soup rice, oatmeal and raisins.’
    • ‘If you don't like plain oatmeal, try oat bran or cold cereal made with oatmeal or oat bran.’
    • ‘Next, she puts a handful of herbs (either fresh or dried) and a few pinches of oatmeal or powdered milk in a pile on the fabric.’
    • ‘These are made of oatmeal and bacon and are served with syrup.’
    1. 1.1North American Porridge made from oatmeal or rolled oats.
      • ‘Inger called, turning from the stove where she was dishing up Adam's oatmeal.’
      • ‘Ryan is eating spaghetti and Mom is cooking oatmeal.’
      • ‘As a grain, oats can be found in foods such as enriched cereals and breads; as rolled oats, in oatmeal; and as oat bran, in muffins or other baked foods.’
      • ‘A dish of oatmeal shaped into a pink heart was passed around the circle, and all partook of the ritual-like feast.’
      • ‘‘Bad’ carbs, like instant oatmeal, white bread, and pasta, can make you ravenous within a few hours of eating.’
      • ‘Instead of topping your morning oatmeal with brown sugar, use a sliced kiwi.’
      • ‘He was a simple man who enjoyed unagi teishoku (eel and rice) and oxtail soup, and loved oatmeal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.’
      • ‘I have to admit, my favorite winter food is oatmeal.’
      • ‘I left it on my desk by the phone and made breakfast-Quaker's instant oatmeal, cinnamon and brown sugar.’
      • ‘So I added berries to my oatmeal, packed whole-grain sandwiches for lunch, ate low-sodium legumes with dinner and cut back on processed foods.’
      • ‘Aunt Neal had already began pouring me a bowl of oatmeal, putting sausage on a plate and shoveling a pound of bacon in the same saucer.’
      • ‘In the morning, I vary between oatmeal and egg white omelets with salsa and veggies, and in the summer I like cold cereals.’
      • ‘Today they were going to have eggs, toast, homemade strawberries and cream oatmeal and bacon.’
      • ‘And brown sugar sprinkled on oatmeal can help you enjoy eating something that's good for you.’
      • ‘Valeria the Grand kicked her guests out of bed at sunrise for a hearty breakfast of fruit, omelettes, oatmeal, and muffins.’
      • ‘While I love scones, muffins and bagels, I've been known to eat oatmeal for breakfast - especially while preparing for this visit.’
      • ‘Eat a baked potato with salsa or a bowl of oatmeal with a light sprinkling of brown sugar to help you wind down, and a dish of lentils or a hard-boiled egg if you feel too relaxed.’
      • ‘He replaced his morning eggs and sausage with oatmeal and a walk.’
      • ‘A bowl of oatmeal or grits or gruel is set in front of me, but my stomach retches.’
      • ‘We have finished the Saltines and the instant oatmeal and even the spongy graham crackers left over from before summer.’
  • 2A greyish-fawn colour flecked with brown.

    as modifier ‘an oatmeal jacket’
    • ‘The floor used to be oatmeal shag carpet, but that didn't last long once he got the painting disease and the last time he saw it was when he and Stuart rolled it up and carried it to the dump.’
    • ‘Materials tend towards steel and stone while tones vary between pumice and oatmeal.’
    • ‘It is decorated in cream with an oatmeal carpet, a colour scheme that is continued throughout the apartment.’
    • ‘To the right of the entrance hall, a compact dining room leads to the large living area with a modern white brick fireplace and a combination of oatmeal carpeting and Chinese slate flooring.’
    • ‘Khadi can often encompass many shades from oatmeal, to grey and off-white.’
    • ‘The hall teams a pale oatmeal carpet with yellow tones above and below the dado, plain coving and stylish pendant lighting.’
    • ‘It is deep mahogany in colour and delivers chocolate and oatmeal notes that tantalise the tastebuds long after the swallow.’
    • ‘It is slightly oatmeal in color, with a 70s brown hard plastic dustcover (which I recommend removing or decorating) and lots of keys.’
    • ‘When she finished and made her way slowly through the carriage, the only person who gave her money was a bearded guy with long hair and a flowing oatmeal coloured floorlength robe sitting in the corner.’
    • ‘Pashmina shawls are usually bright red, green, muted beige, or oatmeal in color.’
    • ‘Today she is wearing a Jaeger oatmeal jacket - Mel's, not hers.’
    • ‘He didn't howl in pain, only sucked in his breath while his face turned a shade of pasty oatmeal grey.’
    • ‘Neutral oatmeal carpets create a subtle contrast to the light maple furniture.’
    pale, pastel, light-toned
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Late Middle English: from oat and meal.