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dol·​lop ˈdä-ləp How to pronounce dollop (audio)
chiefly British : an indefinite often large quantity especially of something liquid
: a lump or glob of something soft or mushy
top it with a dollop of jam
: an amount given, spooned, or ladled out : portion
hold out their mess tins for a dollop of gruelRobert Craft
: a small lump, portion, or amount
want just a dollop of ketchup
: something added or served as if in dollops
a delicious dollop of gossipLeon Harris


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dolloped; dolloping; dollops

transitive verb

: to serve or dispense in dollops

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
My original idea was to simply stir a dollop of miso to a pot of pureed carrot-ginger soup for a savory, funky base note. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 On top is a dollop of sweet fig jam and shavings of Manuel Lombardi Conciato Romano, or what many refer to as the oldest variety of cheese in the world. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2024 The golden brown cookie dollops on top are not to be skipped. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 8 Mar. 2024 Also on the brunch menu is a raw bar, featuring a fresh variety of shellfish, caviar, and oysters, along with an array of savory options like their famous potato pave tots topped with a dollop of Hackleback Caviar, or the salmon Benedict and Vault burger. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2024 But this time, a dollop of gel squirted into my hand. Yasmin Tayag, The Atlantic, 29 Feb. 2024 The narrative is in the Elephant Rocks, giant dollops of limestone scattered among grazing sheep on a farmer’s field. Discover Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 Spreading a dollop of rice in the palm of your hand. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 For a garden-fresh dessert, toss on a dollop of mascarpone cheese, strawberry jam, strawberries and mint. Pam Lolley, Southern Living, 26 Jan. 2024
If the sheets of parchment paper curl up, dollop a small amount of meringue in each corner to hold the paper in place. Paige Grandjean, Southern Living, 3 Nov. 2023 Plus, natto is easy to prepare: simply scoop the savory ingredient right out of the jar and dollop it over rice, or stir some into a bowl of miso soup, and breakfast is served. Megan Zhang, Saveur, 13 Sep. 2023 Mixture should be thick-ish but loose enough to dollop out of a measuring cup. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Aug. 2023 To use up any remaining dip, spread it onto a sandwich in place of mayo, swoosh it across your plate like a dairy rainbow and serve slices of rotisserie chicken on top, mix a scoop with more olive oil and lime juice for an easy-cheesy salad dressing, or dollop it all over nachos. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 19 Apr. 2022 Or dollop a portion of chips with your favorite smoked salmon dip and everything spice. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 11 June 2020 Finally, as if playing a visual symphonic encore, a giant streak of phosphorous green seems to swoop down to the treetops and dollop them with a curlicue swirl. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Jan. 2023 With a 1-teaspoon measuring spoon dollop the melted chocolate over the batter, about 12 times, creating 4 rows of 3. Jessie Sheehan, Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2022 For each serving, dollop 4 to 6 tablespoons of the crème fraîche mixture on top of the chips. ELLE, 1 Dec. 2022

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Word History



origin unknown

First Known Use


circa 1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dollop was circa 1812

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“Dollop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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