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  1. a thick, soft dessert, typically containing flour or some other thickener, milk, eggs, a flavoring, and sweetener: tapioca pudding.

  2. a similar dish unsweetened and served with or as a main dish: corn pudding.

  1. British. the dessert course of a meal.

  2. Nautical. a pad or fender for preventing scraping or chafing or for lessening shock between vessels or other objects.

Origin of pudding

1275–1325; Middle English poding kind of sausage; compare Old English puduc wen, sore (perhaps originally swelling), Low German puddewurst black pudding

Other words from pudding

  • pud·ding·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pudding


/ (ˈpʊdɪŋ) /

  1. a sweetened usually cooked dessert made in many forms and of various ingredients, such as flour, milk, and eggs, with fruit, etc

  2. a savoury dish, usually soft and consisting partially of pastry or batter: steak-and-kidney pudding

  1. the dessert course in a meal

  2. a sausage-like mass of seasoned minced meat, oatmeal, etc, stuffed into a prepared skin or bag and boiled

Origin of pudding

C13 poding; compare Old English puduc a wart, Low German puddek sausage

Derived forms of pudding

  • puddingy, adjective

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