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The Oxford English Dictionary cites a 1913 reference to the verb "gorp", meaning "to eat greedily". The occasionally theorised good old raisins and peanuts is probably a backronym.


gorp (uncountable)

  1. A loose mixture of dried fruit, nuts, frequently salt, and sometimes other ingredients; designed as an energy supplement for use while hiking, climbing, canoeing, etc.
    • 1985, Anne Tyler, The Accidental Tourist, Knopf, →ISBN, chapter 19,
      "They were living in their pajamas so as not to have too much laundry. They were eating gorp for their suppers."
      "I'm not even going to ask what gorp is," Sarah said,
      "It's a mixture of wheat germ and nuts and dried—"
    • 1996: Brian M. Parks, gorp in rec.backcountry
      ...also take some cheese and hard salami and crackers which are normally not contained in gorp to give even more variety. variety is the key here, and a bag of gorp curtails this.....unless of course you wish to pack ten different varieties of gorp with you :^)