from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Gruel made of water and meal, flour, etc., and eaten with out milk; thin or weak gruel.


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  • Breakfast on water-gruel, sooner done; fills one up in a second.


  • Should I doom you to water-gruel as a dunce, would not my subsequent remorse make me want it myself as a madman?


  • Water-cresses, perhaps; or perhaps water-gruel, and water-milk; too many land-babies do so likewise.

    The Water Babies

  • Of course: and hence the fidelity to water-gruel announced a few pages back.

    The Virginians

  • This is the batter-pudding, water-gruel of old age.

    Roundabout Papers

  • At Christ Church, one of our tutors was the celebrated lamented Otto Rose, who would have been a bishop under the present Government, had not an immoderate indulgence in water-gruel cut short his elegant and useful career.

    The Fitz-Boodle Papers

  • This I know, that were I to have continued but one week more in the way I was in when I wrote the latter part of it, I should have been confined, and in straw, the next; for I now recollect, that all my distemper was returning upon me with irresistible violence — and that in spite of water-gruel and soup-meagre.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • He wondered (he remarked parenthetically) what noodle first made it the fashion to teach women French: nothing was more improper for them; it was like feeding a rickety child on chalk and water-gruel; Caroline must give it up, and give up her cousins too: they were dangerous people.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • What is The Good – Natured Man but a poor, water-gruel dramatic dose?

    The Life of Oliver Goldsmith

  • I eat nothing but water-gruel; am very weak; but out of all violent pain.

    The Journal to Stella


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