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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 Then, Ryan blow dried the star's shoulder-length hair with a generous amount of Unite Boosta Volumizing Spray at the roots and a dollop of the brand's 7Seconds Blowout Creme at the ends. Jennifer Chan,, 9 July 2021 What the show conspicuously lacks, versus the original, is a clear villain and the dollop of heart provide by the relationship between Sully and the human kid Boo. Brian Lowry, CNN, 6 July 2021 Yet a dollop of skepticism—entirely absent among Modi-boosters—is warranted. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2021 Season with salt and pepper and serve with a giant dollop of Dijon mustard and pita chips or rye crackers. Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2021 Today, people are pining for brands to bring us a spoonful of joy, a bit of wonder, a dash of levity, a dollop of warmth. Paul Earle, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2021 Serve it with a dollop of light, tangy crème fraîche whipped cream. Odette Williams, WSJ, 18 June 2021 Rates include a small breakfast (example: fresh fruits with a dollop of Key lime yogurt, cherry-cardamom-poppyseed coffeecake). Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 June 2021 What does remain, though, is the earthy patchouli note that gives it its character, along with a dollop of sweet and sensual honey – a note relatively rare in men’s fragrances and later used the likes of L’Envol de Cartier and Bulgari Man. Lee Kynaston, Robb Report, 6 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Drizzle or dollop the lemon yogurt on each potato, sprinkle each with about 2 tablespoons of dukkah, and serve warm or at room temperature. Washington Post, 4 July 2021 Soda jerks would whip egg whites and dollop them on top of the chocolate soda. Rachel Ringler,, 16 June 2021 Layer half of the kale mixture over the noodles, then dollop 1/3 of the ricotta mixture on top, followed by 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 18 May 2021 Everyone can dollop a scoop onto their plate and take some chips or crudité back to their sitting spot. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2021 Ladle the soup into bowls, dollop with crème fraîche (if using), and sprinkle with the remaining ‚ cup pumpkin seeds. Christopher Kimball,, 16 Mar. 2021 Use a ¼ cup measure or ladle to dollop batter in several places over hot surface, allowing 2 or 3 inches between pancakes for spread. Jeanmarie Brownson,, 30 Dec. 2020 Then, dollop the cream into the cups, top with the raspberries, add a mint leaf to each, and shower them all with confectioner’s sugar. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2020

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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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Dollo's law


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17 Jul 2021

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“Dollop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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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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