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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