dol·​lop | \ˈdä-ləp \

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



Definition of dollop (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to serve or dispense in dollops

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Synonyms for dollop

Synonyms: Noun

blob, chunk, clod, clot, clump, glob, gob, gobbet, hunk, knob, lump, nub, nubble, nugget, wad

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Examples of dollop in a Sentence


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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This Scandinavian-inspired coffee shop serves light dishes, including spicy chickpeas on toast with a dollop of sour cream. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Where to Eat and Shop in Malasaña, the Williamsburg of Madrid," 22 July 2018 Good pizza, festive atmosphere, and a novelty: Diners are encouraged to pour a dollop of local honey on their crusts. Christopher Reynolds,, "Sitting in the palm of nature: The unique energy — and performances — of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre," 12 July 2018 Another sign of today’s S.F.: tall and ultra-luxe, with a dollop of tech thrown in. John King,, "New nimble, frisky SoMa tower fits neatly into surroundings," 6 July 2018 Finally, garnish your meatless tacos with diced avocado and a dollop of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep your cool: No-heat cooking keeps you comfortable and the food fresh," 5 July 2018 Garnish with a dollop of mayonnaise, or sprinkle with herbs. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "Pack up a picnic of Spanish tapas to feed a crowd," 3 July 2018 All of this requires a dollop of policy nous and understanding of the Capitol Hill lore. The Economist, "Remaking the federal government," 28 June 2018 Set a 1 1/2-teaspoon dollop of the filling in the center of each round. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Warm cheese meets fresh herbs in a happy springtime marriage," 19 June 2018 The three-story home rises in visible layers, and the roofline is topped with frosting-like dollops of plaster. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "The Walters' renovated Mount Vernon mansion is a work of art in itself," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Here are some dishes to get your drizzling, swooshing, and dolloping muscles in shape. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appetit, "22 Healthy Dinner Recipes That Make Yogurt the Star," 5 Feb. 2018 Spread the sauce over the dough and dollop the ricotta mixture over the top. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Lasagna-Style Pizza," 26 Sep. 2013 Top with a patty, then dollop 2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons blue cheese sauce over the meat, then top with bun. Jill Wendholt Silva, kansascity, "Five easy (and, shhh, healthy) recipes for the Fourth," 3 July 2017 The dish was dolloped with a creamy roasted garlic aioli that made the other components even better. Suzanne Loudermilk,, "South Baltimore's Minnow restaurant can swim with the big fish," 29 June 2017 Working over a bowl, push the jam through a fine-mesh strainer to create a smooth paste, then dollop 6 spoonfuls around the perimeter of the pie. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Coconut Cream and Raspberry Jam Pie," 18 May 2017 Next, whole cumin seeds offer a whole new flavor without much effort (this version is great dolloped with yogurt and served with warm flatbread). Special To The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "5 early spring ingredients, 15 easy ways to use them," 4 Apr. 2017 To make this canapé, dollop the spread on crackers of your choice. Lulu Powers, House Beautiful, "This Sweet Pea Bruschetta Starts With Your Freezer," 24 Jan. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of dollop

: a small amount of soft food

: a usually small amount of something

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