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