- a thick, soft dessert, typically containing flour or some other thickener, milk, eggs, a flavoring, and sweetener: tapioca pudding.
- a similar dish unsweetened and served with or as a main dish: corn pudding.
- British. the dessert course of a meal.
- Nautical. a pad or fender for preventing scraping or chafing or for lessening shock between vessels or other objects.
Origin of pudding
Examples from the Web for pudding
It was popularized as a holiday dessert in 16th-century England and also is known as Christmas pudding or plum pudding.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)
December 24, 2014
What they got was, in the evocate words of Ben Franklin, a “Prince Eugene” who had “eaten a Pudding Bagg.”Life, Liberty, and the Founding Fathers’ Pursuit of Hoppiness
July 4, 2014
In terms of charisma, the guy has all the snap, crackle, and pop of pudding.The Governors Who Could Beat Christie
November 8, 2013
And the proof of the pudding here is that not only did we get the law passed, but it's caused almost no controversy.Obama's Dodge on Executive Power
January 27, 2013
The British are justly famous for their love of dessert, or “pudding.”Sweet Brits
April 4, 2011
The soldier is very sensitive on the subject of his Christmas pudding.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
It is all very well to talk of his intentions; but the proof of the pudding is in the eating.Night and Morning, Complete
Veal may be baked in this manner with potatoes or a pudding.
Put the pudding into it, and let it boil fast three hours or more.
Dip your pudding cloth into it, shake it out, and dredge it with flour.
- a sweetened usually cooked dessert made in many forms and of various ingredients, such as flour, milk, and eggs, with fruit, etc
- a savoury dish, usually soft and consisting partially of pastry or battersteak-and-kidney pudding
- the dessert course in a meal
- a sausage-like mass of seasoned minced meat, oatmeal, etc, stuffed into a prepared skin or bag and boiled
Word Origin and History for pudding
c.1300, "a kind of sausage: the stomach or one of the entrails of a pig, sheep, etc., stuffed with minced meat, suet, seasoning, boiled and kept till needed," perhaps from a West Germanic stem *pud- "to swell" (cf. Old English puduc "a wen," Westphalian dialect puddek "lump, pudding," Low German pudde-wurst "black pudding," English dialectal pod "belly;" also cf. pudgy).
Other possibility is the traditional one that it is from Old French boudin "sausage," from Vulgar Latin *botellinus, from Latin botellus "sausage" (change of French b- to English p- presents difficulties, but cf. purse). The modern sense had emerged by 1670, from extension to other foods boiled or steamed in a bag or sack (16c.). German pudding, French pouding, Swedish pudding, Irish putog are from English. Pudding-pie attested from 1590s.
Idioms and Phrases with pudding
see proof of the pudding.