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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Margaret fed me porridge oats dusty with salt.
▪ Crush the cornflakes and mix with the porridge oats, then sprinkle over the fruit.
▪ They persuaded their father to let them use it to eat their porridge and this became a habit with them.
▪ For breakfast the family eats a thin maize porridge made from dried milk, prepared over an open fire.
▪ Eat plenty of wholefoods, such as wholemeal bread, rice and pasta, sugar-free cereals, porridge, nut pulses and seeds.
▪ Goldilocks had to choose which bowl of porridge to eat.
▪ Inside, Goldilocks discovered three bowls of porridge on the table and realized she was hungry.
▪ Mixed protein dishes include cheese sandwiches, beans on toast and porridge that is made with milk.
▪ She bought bread and orange juice and cornflakes and porridge.
▪ She put the porridge on to cook and started to sweep the room.
▪ The magic porridge pot that has spewed forth riches in the past may work for us for a few decades more.
▪ The rush-hour traffic in the city centre had been as thick as a plate of home-made porridge!
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Porridge \Por"ridge\, n. [Probably corrupted fr. pottage; perh. influenced by OE. porree a kind of pottage, OF. porr['e]e, fr. L. porrum, porrus, leek. See Pottage, and cf. Porringer.] A food made by boiling some leguminous or farinaceous substance, or the meal of it, in water or in milk, making of broth or thin pudding; as, barley porridge, milk porridge, bean porridge, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1530s, porage "soup of meat and vegetables," alteration of pottage, perhaps from influence of Middle English porray, porreie "leek broth," from Old French poree "leek soup," from Vulgar Latin *porrata, from Latin porrum "leek." Spelling with -idge attested from c.1600. Association with oatmeal is 1640s, first in Scottish.


n. 1 A type of thick soup or stew, especially thickened with barley. 2 A dish made of grain or legumes, milk and/or water, heated and stirred until thick and typically eaten for breakfast. 3 (context British slang English) A prison sentence.


n. soft food made by boiling oatmeal or other meal or legumes in water or milk until thick


Porridge (also spelled porage, porrige, parritch) is a dish made by boiling ground, crushed, or chopped starchy plants – typically grain – in water or milk. It is often cooked or served with flavorings such as sugar, honey, etc. to make a sweet dish, or mixed with spices, vegetables, etc. to make a savoury dish. It is usually served hot in a bowl.

The term is often used specifically for oat porridge (called oatmeal in the U.S. and parts of Canada), which is eaten for breakfast with salt, sugar, milk, cream, or butter, and sometimes other flavorings. Oat porridge is also sold in ready-made or partly-cooked form as an instant breakfast.

Other grains used for porridge include semolina, rice, wheat, barley, corn, and buckwheat. Many types of porridge have their own names, such as polenta, grits, and kasha.

Porridge is a staple food in much of Africa, and historically was so in much of Northern Europe and Russia.

Porridge is easy to digest, so it is used traditionally in many cultures as a food for the sick, and is also often eaten by athletes in training.

Porridge (TV series)

Porridge is a British sitcom first broadcast on BBC One from 1974 to 1977, running for three series, two Christmas specials and a feature film also titled Porridge (the movie was released under the title Doing Time in the United States). Written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, it stars Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale as two inmates at the fictional HMP Slade in Cumberland. "Doing porridge" is British slang for serving a prison sentence, porridge once being the traditional breakfast in UK prisons.

Porridge was critically acclaimed and is widely considered to be one of the greatest British sitcoms of all time. The series was followed by a 1978 sequel, Going Straight, which established that Fletcher would not be going back to prison again.

Porridge (film)

Porridge is a film released in 1979 and based on the television series Porridge. It was released under the title Doing Time in the United States. All the warders and inmates from the original series appear in the film, with the notable exceptions of Lukewarm, Heslop and Harris. There is also a different governor, played by Geoffrey Bayldon.

The film, set a year before the final episode of the TV series, includes one of the last appearances by Richard Beckinsale, the actor who played Godber. He died in March 1979, a few weeks after its completion.

Porridge (disambiguation)

Porridge is a dish made by boiling ground, crushed, or chopped starchy plants - typically grain - water, milk or both.

Porridge may also refer to:

  • Porridge (TV series), a British situation comedy set in a prison
    • Porridge (film), a film derived from the situation comedy series.

Usage examples of "porridge".

Marina a blue-rimmed pottery bowl full of hot oat porridge, which Marina regarded with resignation, then garnished with sugar and cream and dug into so as to get rid of it as soon as possible.

Sarah had fed her a bowl of oat porridge every cold morning of her life, standing over her and not serving her anything else until she finished it, and there was no point in arguing with her that she never made the uncles eat oat porridge first.

That oat porridge left very little internal room for all the good things that bedecked the breakfast table.

Rosie made a milk porridge and I tried for her sake to eat some of this stuff, but it and the tin spoon made a grey tableau before me and I heard in my mind the sobbing and lamenting of the old Merivel for the colours and brightness of things now lost.

But now, eating her porridge greedily, she began, to my astonishment, upon a little eulogy for her dead husband, telling me how strong a man he was and how indifferent to rich people and how loyal to the river and the other river men.

Like the porridge in front of me, my intelligence seemed to be growing cold.

I went down to breakfast in the kitchen, Hannah remarked that I looked pale, and I admitted to the Friends that I did not feel well that morning, it proving very difficult for me to swallow the porridge set before me, or even to hold my spoon because of a trembling in my hands.

The pile of dung had a dry crust, but when Matatu thrust his foot into it, it was moist as porridge and he exclaimed with delight at the body heat still trapped within.

Breakfast was a stew of kapenta, the fingerling dried fish he thought of as African whitebait, and a porridge of maize meal.

She watched with an awful fascination as the stiff maize porridge was scooped from the communal pot in the center of the table by many hands, molded into balls between the fingers and then dipped into buffalo-meat gravy.

At sunset Sean cooked a pot of maize-meal porridge on a tiny smoker ess fire while Alphonso rigged the aerial and tuned the radio to the Renamo command frequency.

In the last of the daylight, they ate the meal of maize porridge and Sean studied his field map and marked in his dead-reckoning position.

They ate the last handfuls of hot sticky salted maize porridge on the march and washed it down with water from the bottles that tasted of mud and algae.

The aim was to get all the porridge floating whole on the milk, so that the sugar on top was not washed away.

After the porridge, his mother bundled him into the bathroom again and washed behind his ears, which made him squirm, and then she put him into his own gray suit, with his own red bow tie.