- a soft mass or blob, as of some food; lump
- a small quantity of liquid; splash, jigger, dash, etc.
- a measure or amount: a dollop of wit
Origin of dollop; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old Norse dolp, small dangling ball
to put or give out in dollops
- A large lump or portion of a solid matter: a dollop of ice cream.
- A small quantity or splash of a liquid: a dollop of whiskey.
- A modicum; a bit: not a dollop of truth to the story.
Origin of dollopEarlier tuft, clump; perhaps akin to Norwegian dolp, lump.
(third-person singular simple present dollops, present participle dolloping, simple past and past participle dolloped)
- To apply haphazardly in generous lumps or scoops.
- She dolloped a generous quantity of mustard on her hot dog.
- (intransitive) To drip in a viscous form
Of uncertain origin. Compare dialectal Norwegian dolp (“lump”).