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Definition of gruel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

gruel

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈɡruːəl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡruːəl//
 
[uncountable]
 
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a simple dish made by boiling oats in milk or water, eaten especially in the past by poor people Word Origin Middle English: from Old French, of Germanic origin.
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