gruel
noun Etymology: Middle English grewel, from Anglo-French gruel, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English grūt grout Date: 14th century 1. a thin porridge 2. [from to get one's gruel to accept punishment] chiefly British punishment 3. something that lacks substance or significance <
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  • Gruel — de arroz, llamado congee en el este y sureste de Asia. El gruel es una receta consistente en algún tipo de cereal (harina de avena, trigo o centeno, o también arroz) cocido en agua o leche. Es una versión más clara de las gachas, que a menudo se… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Gruel — is a type of preparation consisting of some type of cereal, wheat or rye flour, and also rice, boiled in water or milk. It is similar to porridge, but is more often drunk than eaten. Historically, gruel has often been an important part of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Gruel — Gru el, n. [OF. gruel, F. gruau; of German origin; cf. OHG. gruzzi groats, G. gr[ u]tze, As. gr[=u]t. See {Grout}.] A light, liquid food, made by boiling meal of maize, oatmeal, or flour in water or milk; thin porridge. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gruel — Nom très présent en Seine Maritime. En ancien français, le mot gruel signifie gruau (au départ grain grossièrement moulu). Il s agit en général du surnom donné à un meunier ou à un boulanger. Autres formes voisines : Gru (56, 80), Gruau (72, 49) …   Noms de famille

  • gruel — late 12c., meal or flour made of beans, lentils, etc., from O.Fr. gruel fine meal, from Frankish *grut (Cf. M.Du. grute coarse meal, malt; M.H.G. gruz grain ), from PIE *ghreu to rub, grind (see GRIT (Cf. grit)). Meaning thin porridge or soup is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Grüel — Grüel, Vogel, so v.w. Brachvogel …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • gruel — ► NOUN ▪ a thin liquid food of oatmeal or other meal boiled in milk or water. ORIGIN Old French …   English terms dictionary

  • gruel — [gro͞o′əl] n. [ME < OFr, coarse meal < ML * grutellum, dim. of grutum, meal, mash < Gmc * grut, hulled dried grain, akin to GROATS] 1. thin, easily digested porridge made by cooking meal in water or milk 2. [Old Brit. Informal]… …   English World dictionary

  • Gruel — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Personnalités Guillaume Gruel, mémorialiste médiéval. Henri Gruel (1923 2007), réalisateur de cinéma français. Brigitte Gruel (née en 1957), actrice de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • gruel — [[t]gru͟ːəl[/t]] N UNCOUNT Gruel is a food made by boiling oats with water or milk …   English dictionary

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