Dumpling definition

dŭmplĭng
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(informal) A short, chubby creature.
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(informal) A short, fat person or animal.
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A term of endearment.

My little dumpling.

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A small piece of dough, steamed or boiled and served with meat or soup.
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A piece of dough, sometimes filled, that is cooked in liquid such as water or soup.
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Sweetened dough wrapped around fruit, such as an apple, baked and served as a dessert.
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A crust of dough filled with fruit and steamed or baked.
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A ball of dough that is cooked and may have a filling and/or additional ingredients in the dough.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
dumpling
Plural:
dumplings

Origin of dumpling

  • Earlier dumplin perhaps from dump lump

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • perhaps an alteration of lump, possibly associated with -ling by popular etymology

    From Wiktionary