Burgoo Definition

bûrgo͝o, bər-go͝o
A thick oatmeal porridge.
Webster's New World
A highly seasoned soup or stew made of meats and vegetables.
Webster's New World
A barbecue, picnic, etc. at which this is served.
Webster's New World

(nautical) A dish which originated among seafarers during the days of sail: a sort of porridge seasoned with sugar, salt and butter.


Origin of Burgoo

  • Of unclear origin. Apparently from the dialectical term burgood (“yeast”). Perhaps ultimately from Welsh burym (“yeast”) + cawl (“cabbage, gruel”), or perhaps from Arabic.

    From Wiktionary

  • Perhaps alteration of ragout

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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