gruel

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From Middle English gruel, gruwel, greuel, growel, from Old French gruel ("coarse meal"; > French gruau), from Medieval Latin grutellum, diminutive of Medieval Latin grutum (flour; meal), from a Germanic source, likely Old English grūt (meal; grout) or perhaps Frankish *grūt; both from Proto-Germanic *grūtiz (ground material; grit). Compare Dutch gruit, Middle Low German grūt, Middle High German grūz, German Grütze (grout)[1]. Related also to English groats, grit.

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gruel (plural gruels)

  1. A thin, watery porridge, formerly fed to the poor

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gruel (third-person singular simple present gruels, present participle gruelling or grueling, simple past and past participle gruelled or grueled)

  1. (transitive) To exhaust; use up; disable.

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