Definition of porridge in English:

porridge

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɒrɪdʒ
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1chiefly British A dish consisting of oatmeal or another meal or cereal boiled in water or milk.
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    • Among the dishes made from barley, barley porridge is more delicate than oatmeal porridge, to the point of being rather insipid.
    • For breakfast I'll have porridge with soya milk and fruit, sprinkled with some ground cinnamon.
    • A restaurant serving dishes including snail porridge and smoked bacon and egg ice cream has been named the second best in the world.
  • 2British informal Time spent in prison: I’m sweating it out doing porridge
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    • 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.
    • Try as one might, it is hard to think of another jailbird who was allowed to publish a book while still doing porridge.

Derivatives

porridgy

adjective
More example sentences
  • The fear of running into one of these Cumbrian ale aficionados, supping on mysterious-smelling brews of porridgy so-called real ale amid background tones of chronic bronchitis, keeps many people away.
  • And here they are, a connoisseur's collection of porridgy soundalike slowies that refute the idea that the Irish have a gift for ballads.
  • He was back within five minutes with a bowl of strange porridgy looking stuff in a wooded bowl with a wooden spoon.

Origin

mid 16th century (denoting soup thickened with barley): alteration of pottage. Sense 2 dates from the 1950s.

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