- a rounded mass of steamed and seasoned dough, often served in soup or with stewed meat.
- a dessert consisting of a wrapping of dough enclosing sliced apples or other fruit, boiled or baked.
- a short or stout person.
Origin of dumpling
1590–1600; dump (of uncertain origin) + -ling1
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So the monkey ate the dumpling, and boy, dog and monkey all trudged on together.
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So she put her spectacles into her pocket, and began to eat the dumpling.
Loose my dumpling too; And butter'd toasts and woodcocks?Mar.
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- a small ball of dough cooked and served with stew
- a pudding consisting of a round pastry case filled with fruitapple dumpling
- informal a short plump person
C16: dump-, perhaps variant of lump 1 + -ling 1
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Word Origin and History for dumpling
c.1600, Norfolk dialect, of uncertain origin, perhaps from some Low German word or from noun dump "lump" (late 18c.). Related: Dumplings.
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