dol·​lop | \ ˈdä-ləp How to pronounce dollop (audio) \

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 Find out what ingredients to use and what temperature will produce the most beautiful dollop over your dessert. Rachel Boller,, "How to make whipped cream," 18 Apr. 2021 Gilding this lily is a dollop of toum, the wonderful whip of garlic, olive oil and lemon juice. Washington Post, "2021 Spring Dining Guide," 28 Apr. 2021 Her version adds creamy tahini to the cake and replaces some of the sugar in the toffee sauce with a dollop of bright date molasses and more tahini. Jane Black, WSJ, "Dessert Recipes That Take Arab Traditions in New Directions," 16 Apr. 2021 Top each dollop with a small spoonful of trout roe. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "5 fun facts about S.F.'s Chinatown from the triumphant new Mister Jiu's cookbook," 16 Mar. 2021 To treat your scalp, take a reasonable dollop of coconut oil, rub it between your palms to soften, and then rub it into your scalp. Lauren Corona,, "How to use coconut oil for hair," 11 Mar. 2021 Serve mujaddara hot, warm, or at room temperature, with a dollop of plain yogurt., "Recipes: A weeknight meal that makes the most of classic Middle Eastern ingredients," 7 Apr. 2021 Stage one, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, was intended to jolt the economy back to life with a huge dollop of old-fashioned Keynesian demand-side stimulus. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Memo to Biden: Spending Is Easy, Investing Is Hard," 31 Mar. 2021 Then, a dime-sized dollop of this face wash takes care of the remnants. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Dr. Jart's New Cicapair Cleanser Calms My Perpetually Flushed Skin," 16 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Everyone can dollop a scoop onto their plate and take some chips or crudité back to their sitting spot. Washington Post, "6 picnic-friendly recipes that are easy to pack and share," 24 Mar. 2021 Ladle the soup into bowls, dollop with crème fraîche (if using), and sprinkle with the remaining ‚ cup pumpkin seeds. Christopher Kimball,, "Recipes: Three creamy vegetable soups with a twist: no dairy necessary," 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,, "Ring in the new year with restaurant-worthy brunch recipes that re-create the weekend meal’s leisurely magic," 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, "Let these chocolate cups filled with cannoli cream be the sweet start to a new year," 23 Dec. 2020 Some of the cheesecake filling gets flavored with pumpkin puree, while some is saved to dollop on top and create (friendly!) ghosts. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pumpkin Cheesecake Ghosts," 25 Aug. 2020 Scatter spinach-artichoke mixture onto dough first, then dollop with cheese mixture and grate Parmesan cheese on top. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spinach and Artichoke Pizza," 28 May 2020 Place in bowls, cut sides up, and dollop with yogurt. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Apples," 28 May 2020 Before long, Gombe, an event planner, actress, and teacher, was helping organizers distribute water, hand out masks, dollop hand sanitizer into outstretched palms and wave the front banner. NBC News, "Meet the organizers behind New York's Black Women's March," 3 Sep. 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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18 May 2021

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“Dollop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 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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