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Definition of dollop

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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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The mogul uses a dime-sized dollop and works it into her hands before massaging it over her skin. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna's Nighttime Skin Care Routine Is All About Hydration," 4 Aug. 2020 Garnish each bowl with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of parsley. Naveen Kumar, CNN Underscored, "Slow cooker recipes that will feed your family for days," 9 July 2020 Serve the chili in bowls and top with cheese, a dollop of sour cream, avocado, red onion and scallions. cleveland, "Chili, the way you like it, is the easiest route to dinner," 1 July 2020 And don't just put a little dollop in your hand and smear it around quickly. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Tuesday, June 23," 23 June 2020 The month of May wrapped up with a small dollop of rain, but the Bay Area will dry out by Saturday night and stay that way for the next several days. Steve Rubenstein,, "Bay Area gets a touch of rain Saturday, but that’s all for at least a few days," 30 May 2020 Form the dumplings: Place a small dollop of the mix in the center of the dumpling wrapper, then lightly wet one edge of the wrapper with water. Cosmo Genova, Field & Stream, "How to Cook Pigeon Pot Stickers," 30 Apr. 2020 Add dollops of batter to hot oil in a skillet and smash them lightly. Karoline Boehm Goodnick,, "Recipe: Zucchini and corn, a favorite summer duo, turns into crisp fritters with spicy mayo," 8 July 2019 At the diner, Jibran calms his nerves by driving Leilani crazy with a soliloquy about the extra dollop of milkshake that always arrives, in its metal shaker, along with the regular serving. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Lovebirds Is a Delightful Screwball Comedy Elevated by the Charms of Its Leading Duo," 21 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Spread sauce over dough, scatter on remaining spinach, and dollop with ricotta mixture. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Lasagna-Style Pizza," 20 Feb. 2020 Season well with salt, pepper, and dollop with some chile crisp or chile oil. Hetty Mckinnon, Bon Appétit, "6 Delicious Ways to Bulk Up Instant Noodles," 10 July 2020 When adding the remaining whites in two batches, gently dollop the whites in the center of the chocolate. Los Angeles Times, "Do try this at home: easy three-ingredient chocolate soufflés," 29 Apr. 2020 It can also be used as a topping for baked potatoes, a filling for omelets or dolloped on toast spread with goat cheese or cream cheese for a quick hors d’oeuvre. Lauren Salkeld, NBC News, "Beyond spaghetti sauce: 7 recipes to make using canned tomatoes," 25 Mar. 2020 But after gleefully dolloping jam into Greek yogurt and over ice cream, the jar was empty in a week. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "This Jam Club Brings Sqirl to You—No Flight to L.A. Required," 13 Nov. 2019 Make this one on the Sunday before Valentine’s, dolloping the mousse in serving containers before sealing them. Eric Velasco, al, "2 Valentine’s Day dessert recipes to make at home," 13 Feb. 2020 Create cute cups by pressing puff pastry into muffin tins and dolloping jam (apricot, raspberry, and fig are tasty!) and cubes of gooey Brie on top. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Jammy Brie Cups," 21 Dec. 2019 Scattered crisp dill rice underneath rosy lamb, dolloped nicely with saffron yogurt, alludes to Iranian cuisine, but the crunch is more akin to Rice Krispies than tahdig. Los Angeles Times, "Rustic Canyon’s Jeremy Fox opened Santa Monica’s hottest restaurant of the year," 3 Oct. 2019

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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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9 Aug 2020

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“Dollop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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