One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A dish consisting of oatmeal or another meal or cereal boiled in water or milk.
- ‘Every morning I make porridge with raisins and maple syrup.’
- ‘While this brand of porridge contains no added sugar, the manufacturers have managed to slip in skimmed milk and cream powder.’
- ‘Salami, curd cheese, eggs, porridge and bread are combined with any supper left over from the evening before.’
- ‘Among the dishes made from barley, barley porridge is more delicate than oatmeal porridge, to the point of being rather insipid.’
- ‘The inmates said they could not eat thick porridge without milk and asked for bread and butter with tea.’
- ‘They set out as soon as they had finished their breakfast, a quick meal of porridge and plain bread with a scraping of butter.’
- ‘At one stage they even refused to return their porridge bowls to prison orderlies.’
- ‘Add the milk and allow the porridge to boil for 30-35 minutes on low heat while stirring occasionally.’
- ‘When I taste porridge I remember my early childhood in Edinburgh.’
- ‘Millet is ground into flour and made into porridge by boiling it in water.’
- ‘A cooked breakfast is always available as well as porridge and cereal - and there is always a good choice of lunchtime and dinner meals.’
- ‘Aaron's breath steamed in the chill air as he got up from the porridge he was stirring to unlock the prisoner.’
- ‘There was tea and toast for breakfast and sometimes porridge.’
- ‘I corrected him - we alternate between semolina one day, and mealie meal porridge the next.’
- ‘Within hours, Frost had been sheltered in a hut, where he was given milk and porridge and berries and ale.’
- ‘This is the classic method using oatmeal rather that porridge oats and is my favourite because of its rough texture and lingering flavour.’
- ‘Another traditional dish is gruel or porridge made with the dried fruit of sago palms.’
- ‘A restaurant serving dishes including snail porridge and smoked bacon and egg ice cream has been named the second best in the world.’
- ‘I start with porridge, and then mid-morning I have six egg whites on brown toast.’
- ‘For breakfast I'll have porridge with soya milk and fruit, sprinkled with some ground cinnamon.’
2informal Time spent in prison.‘I'm sweating it out doing porridge’
imprisonment, internment, confinement, detention, custody, captivity, restraintView synonyms
- ‘As if his novels weren't enough, he went on to publish his very own prison diary after doing porridge in London's Belmarsh jail.’
- ‘The Home Office has rejected plans to give lags access to the internet and email while doing porridge.’
- ‘Tweed mayor Warren Polglese joined Larry Anthony doing porridge for charity.’
- ‘Convicted crook Ray Williams is doing even more porridge than insurance spiv Rodney Adler.’
- ‘Try as one might, it is hard to think of another jailbird who was allowed to publish a book while still doing porridge.’
Mid 16th century (denoting soup thickened with barley): alteration of pottage. Sense 2 dates from the 1950s.
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