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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 Wash your face morning and night by massaging in a small dollop of face cleanser lightly with fingers in circular motions, working from the inside of the face out for full coverage, says GH Beauty Lab Senior Chemist Sabina Wizemann. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "7 Tips to Get Glowing Skin, According to Skin Care Experts," 1 Aug. 2019 Gently apply the meringue in very large dollops to the hat. Julia Sherman, New York Times, "A Cookbook of Artists’ Creative Summer Desserts," 22 June 2018 Top each with a dollop of the garlic mayonnaise and serve. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Rosé champagne brings the holiday joy," 28 Dec. 2019 The ideas and the substance, the cartoons and the asides, were served with a huge dollop of Bill Buckley’s boisterous spirit. Peter J. Travers, National Review, "An Affair for the Ages," 11 Dec. 2019 Spoon chorizo into tortillas and top with cabbage mixture and cilantro, then dollop with sour cream if desired. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chorizo and Potato Tacos," 10 Dec. 2019 Serve the pears in a bowl with some syrup and a dollop of crème fraîche., "Recipe: Cardamom-poached Pears with Crème Fraîche," 3 Dec. 2019 Place a dollop of cranberry sauce on the top inside roll. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Leftovers: 10 tips for storing leftovers and recipes to try," 29 Nov. 2019 After all, making sandwiches with leftover turkey and dollops of cranberry sauce is practically a Black Friday ritual. Grant Butler, oregonlive, "35 Thanksgiving leftovers recipes that turn turkey and all the trimmings into something new," 28 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Vegetarians and omnivores love it with pasta and rice, dolloped on top of hummus, or as a marinade for heartier vegetables like eggplant., "Karoline Boehm Goodnick," 16 Oct. 2019 It is baked until golden and fragrant, ready to be dolloped with the most heavenly yogurt-feta sauce that’s flecked with fresh dill. Ellie Krieger, The Denver Post, "To deal with that glut of zucchini, a big, skillet pancake to the rescue," 24 Sep. 2019 Once baked, the pancake emerges from the oven golden and fragrant, ready to be dolloped with the most heavenly, creamy yogurt-feta sauce that’s flecked with fresh dill. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, "To deal with that glut of zucchini, a big, skillet pancake to the rescue," 14 Sep. 2019 Immediately, Mackenzie grabbed a plate, dolloped some chutney on it, placed it on set, and took a test shot. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "Why I Can’t Live Without My Stainless Steel Bowls," 29 July 2019 Cobblers are topped with a biscuit, pie dough or soft batter, with the dough or batter dolloped on top of the fruit. Marcy Goldman, Washington Post, "With less sugar, these cobblers, crisps and crumbles let their fruit flavors shine brighter," 6 Aug. 2019 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

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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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24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dollop.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 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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