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pudding

[poo d-ing]
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noun
  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.
  3. British. the dessert course of a meal.
  4. Nautical. a pad or fender for preventing scraping or chafing or for lessening shock between vessels or other objects.
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Origin of pudding

1275–1325; Middle English poding kind of sausage; compare Old English puduc wen, sore (perhaps orig. swelling), Low German puddewurst black pudding
Related formspud·ding·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pudding

pudding

noun
  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 battersteak-and-kidney pudding
  3. the dessert course in a meal
  4. a sausage-like mass of seasoned minced meat, oatmeal, etc, stuffed into a prepared skin or bag and boiled
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Derived Formspuddingy, adjective

Word Origin

C13 poding; compare Old English puduc a wart, Low German puddek sausage
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Word Origin and History for pudding

n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with pudding

pudding

see proof of the pudding.

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