[ dol-uh p ]
/ ˈdɒl əp /


a lump or blob of some substance: dollops of mud.
a small quantity: Add a dollop of soda water to the mixture.

verb (used with object)

to dispense in dollops: to dollop whipped cream over the cake.

Origin of dollop

1565–75; compare Icelandic dōlpur fat man, Norwegian (dial.) dolp lump Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dollop

British Dictionary definitions for dollop


/ (ˈdɒləp) informal /


a semisolid lump
a large serving, esp of food


(tr foll by out) to serve out (food)

Word Origin for dollop

C16: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for dollop



1570s, from East Anglian dialectal dallop "patch, tuft or clump of grass," of uncertain origin. Modern sense of "a lump or glob" is 1812. As a verb, from 1825.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper