Definition of gruel in English:


Syllabification: gru·el
Pronunciation: /ˈgro͞oəl


  • A thin liquid food of oatmeal or other meal boiled in milk or water.
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    • 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.

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