dol·​lop | \ ˈdä-ləp How to pronounce dollop (audio) \

Definition of dollop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 chiefly British : an indefinite often large quantity especially of something liquid
2 : a lump or glob of something soft or mushy top it with a dollop of jam
3 : an amount given, spooned, or ladled out : portion hold out their mess tins for a dollop of gruel— Robert Craft
4 : a small lump, portion, or amount want just a dollop of ketchup
5 : something added or served as if in dollops a delicious dollop of gossip— Leon Harris


dolloped; dolloping; dollops

Definition of dollop (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to serve or dispense in dollops

Synonyms for dollop

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of dollop in a Sentence

Noun My piece of pie was served with a dollop of whipped cream. A dollop of milk was left in the container. large dollops of wit and humor
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Place a dollop of Caesar dressing on each tortilla, followed by lettuce and sweetbread nuggets (about 2 per taco). Kathleen Squires, WSJ, 16 June 2022 Squeeze a big dollop — about one tablespoon — of toothpaste on top of the egg and gently rub the toothpaste all around with your hands until the egg is completely covered in a thick layer of toothpaste. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 1 June 2022 Leftovers make an excellent breakfast, with a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt on top. Vallery Lomas, Chicago Tribune, 17 Aug. 2022 It’s history mixed with a generous dollop of humor. David Lyman, The Enquirer, 12 Aug. 2022 There are even French hot dogs on the menu, cradled in baguettes and topped with a dollop of Dijon mustard, bien sûr. Terry Ward, Travel + Leisure, 5 June 2022 On the palate, there’s a dollop of savory barbecue sauce, some cherry, orange and cinnamon, and all of this is underscored by, true the name, subtle smoke. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2022 Charlotte, feeling grown-up, boiled the kettle and made tea in the pot for them all, stirring two teaspoons of sugar and a not extravagant dollop of whisky into each mug, plus extra milk in Lulu’s. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 The bright red color was soon muted by a generous dollop of Smetana, which would melt in the hot soup, sending its white streaks all around, like a possessed octopus. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Grill them whole until tender, split them open like baked potatoes, and dollop with a lemony tahini sauce. Rebecca Firkser, Bon Appétit, 29 Aug. 2022 Top with 1 cup sauce, dollop on 1/3 cup ricotta mixture and sprinkle with 1/4 cup mozzarella. Carolyn Casner, Chicago Tribune, 13 Aug. 2022 Eat simply with chips, or dollop over a hot meal for a cool touch. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 Use it to whip up a batch of frozen yogurt instead of ice cream or bake scones and then sweeten with confectioners’ sugar to dollop on top. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 25 May 2022 The small bowl of garlic-lemon aioli can be served on the side, so diners can dollop it onto their shrimp and/or dip their potatoes. Washington Post, 12 July 2021 Each American Coney Island kit costs $100 and contains 12 Dearborn Sausage hot dogs, 12 buns, onion and the Keros family famed chili sauce to dollop on hot dogs. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 14 Jan. 2022 Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the sauce over each piece, then dollop with topping., 6 July 2021 Artfully dollop some marshmallow creme atop a scoop of ice cream, blast it with a kitchen torch and call it baked Alaska. Forest Evashevski, WSJ, 14 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dollop


circa 1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dollop


origin unknown

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The first known use of dollop was circa 1812

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27 Sep 2022

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“Dollop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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