dollop

noun
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

dollop

verb
dolloped; dolloping; dollops

Definition of dollop (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to serve or dispense in dollops

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for dollop

Synonyms: Noun

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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For every dollop of edutainment, Pose dishes out a full serving of theatrics, humor, and heartfelt family drama. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "Pose acts up, sparks joy in season 2: EW review," 7 June 2019 Our best runs involved a light dollop of brake torquing to get engine revs off idle and then carefully applying the gas pedal to avoid excessive wheelspin. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "We Test the 2020 Toyota Supra: Zero to 60 in 3.8 Seconds," 14 May 2019 Place a dollop of the Greek yogurt onto the serving plate. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 Don't forget to apply lots of sunscreen as well — at least a shot glass-full for the body, a nickel-size dollop for the face, says GH Beauty Lab Director Birnur Aral, Ph.D. 7. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of a Sunburn ASAP," 16 Apr. 2019 Serve the lentils with a hefty dollop of the gingery yogurt. Ashley Rodriguez, Woman's Day, "Curried Tomato Coconut Lentils with Gingery Yogurt," 10 Apr. 2019 The Case of the Missing Hershey’s Kiss Tips As Carlson raged, bakers all across America had an equally pressing cookie concern: Hershey’s Kisses, little dollops of chocolate joy, seem to be widely missing their genre-defining tips. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "2018 was a difficult year for cookies," 21 Dec. 2018 Soft, sweet cornbread gets a dollop of crème fraîche. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Central Smoke’s Asian-accented, down-home barbecue adds fire and spice to chilly nights," 25 Oct. 2018 The surprising entrée included roasted eggplant, zucchini noodles, smoked tomato sauce, and a dollop of basil aioli. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The beef: chilled, minced by hand, elevated by dabs of piquant flavors, dolloped on thin toasts or potato chips. . Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Serving Raw Meat And Fish A Dinner Party Taboo?," 12 Apr. 2019 Serve dolloped with sour cream and crushed ginger cookies if desired. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pumpkin Spice Mousse," 24 Oct. 2018 Sweet potato and black bean shepherd's pie; creamy coconut porridge drizzled with juicy goji berries; crispy corn fritters dolloped with avocado mash; Sri Lankan-style curry with sautéed mustard, chick peas, and zucchini. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Beginner's Guide to Plant-Based Eating With Deliciously Ella," 15 Sep. 2018 The sauce, slightly sweet with a touch of tang, is dolloped with just enough mozzarella, and not too much to weigh it (or you) down. Keith Flanagan, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Places for Pizza in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 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, baltimoresun.com, "South Baltimore's Minnow restaurant can swim with the big fish," 29 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dollop.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dollop

Noun

circa 1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dollop

Noun

origin unknown

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dollop

Dictionary Entries near dollop

dollhouse

dollier

Dollo's law

dollop

doll out

doll post

doll up

Statistics for dollop

Last Updated

13 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for dollop

The first known use of dollop was circa 1812

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dollop

dollop

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dollop

: a small amount of soft food
: a usually small amount of something

More from Merriam-Webster on dollop

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with dollop

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for dollop

Comments on dollop

What made you want to look up dollop? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

incapable of being surmounted or overcome

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!