Definition of dumpling in English:

dumpling

Line breaks: dump|ling
Pronunciation: /ˈdʌmplɪŋ
 
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noun

1A small savoury ball of dough (usually made with suet) which may be boiled, fried, or baked in a casserole.
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  • Both Chiao and Sharipov have requested a special take-out of dim sum dumplings and fried rice for their Christmas meal.
  • Appetizers include Spring Rolls, dumplings, Deep fried Wontons, a selection of salad rolls and even a Pan-Fried Turnip Cake.
  • Jacket potatoes are now becoming the preferred option to chips, pasta salads have replaced stew and dumplings, and beef burgers have made way for chicken tikka.
1.1A pudding consisting of apple or other fruit enclosed in a sweet dough and baked.
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  • Sweet renditions of bread-like dumplings, filled with fruit and poached in syrup, are also common in these parts.
  • His simple tastes showed themselves in other ways: he took to drinking a thin soup for Elevenses, preferred mashed potatoes over anything fancy, and seemed to love nothing more than apple dumplings for dessert.
  • And now, thanks to the generous nature of Yorkshire folk, she knows a lot about apple dumplings, pikelets and rabbit patties too.
1.2A small, fat person: he was a 250-pound dumpling
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  • It wouldn't be so bad if I wasn't so short, but I end up looking like a dumpling, or a pudding.

Origin

early 17th century: apparently from the rare adjective dump 'of the consistency of dough', although dumpling is recorded much earlier.

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