[ duhmp-ling ]
/ ˈdʌmp lɪŋ /


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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British Dictionary definitions for dumpling

/ (ˈdʌmplɪŋ) /


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

Word Origin for dumpling

C16: dump-, perhaps variant of lump 1 + -ling 1
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