What does the word gruel mean?

Usage examples for gruel

  1. On the Diwali day they invite the tiger to drink some gruel which they place ready for him behind their houses, at the same time warning the other villagers not to stir out of doors. – The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II by R. V. Russell
  2. Each boy got only one helping, and the bowls never needed washing, because, when the meal was through, there was not a drop of gruel left in them. – Tales from Dickens by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  3. Quietly he turned to the stove, red- hot now, and with snow water began the making of gruel from the supplies on the shelf. – The White Desert by Courtney Ryley Cooper