Definition of burgoo in US English:



North American
  • 1A stew or thick soup, typically made for an outdoor meal.

    • ‘Among our fans, he is as popular as burgoo and as recognizable as the Keeneland logo.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the old days, burgoos were stewed over open fires, often for two days or more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mutton gives the burgoo the same oomph that squirrel and other wild game formerly provided.’
    outdoor meal, al fresco meal, barbecue
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    1. 1.1 An outdoor meal at which burgoo is served.
      • ‘There is so much sheer life in this potpourri of feudin' and foxin' horseflesh and womanflesh, verse and rime, superstition, burgoos, and jokes.’
      • ‘The money from the burgoos was earmarked for air conditioning the new hall and for the philanthropies of Council 4175.’
      • ‘They were invited to ‘a burgoo,’ according to A Treasury of Southern Folklore by B.A. Botkin.’
    2. 1.2Nautical A thick porridge.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Me mam once said that burgoo (porridge) will "put a skin on your belly like velvet."’


From Arabic burġul (see burghul).