Definition of gruel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡro͞o(ə)l/


A thin liquid food of oatmeal or other meal boiled in milk or water.
Example sentences
  • Their only recompense is thin gruel and some bread at the end of the day.
  • Twice a day inmates receive two pieces of dry bread and weak tea; at midday they are handed a portion of soup or thin gruel.
  • It was a gourmet meal compared to the thin gruel we had been living off of mostly.


Middle English: from Old French, of Germanic origin.

Words that rhyme with gruel

accrual, construal, crewel, cruel, dual, duel, fuel, jewel, newel, renewal, reviewal

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Syllabification: gru·el

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