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 Serve with a dollop of the gribiche, the mustard greens, and lemon wedges for squeezing over the meat. Olga Massov, The Denver Post, "Fry to greater heights with this crispy restaurant-worthy pork milanese," 8 Nov. 2019 Run by Victor Delgado and charismatic taquero Jorge Alvarez-Tostado, Tacos 1986 became known for its Tijuana-style tacos de adobada — juicy marinated pork sliced from a rotating trompo and served with a dollop of smooth guacamole. Los Angeles Times, "Off Menu: A Tijuana road trip with the guys from Tacos 1986, L.A.'s most exciting taqueros," 22 Oct. 2019 Pipe another dollop in the center of the swipe and swipe again. Emily Weinberger, Good Housekeeping, "An Impressive July 4th Cake Anyone Can Make," 25 June 2014 Yes, retinol can be used more often as time builds, but dermatologists suggest starting small with just a pea-size dollop, two or three nights a week. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "How to Use Retinols on Sensitive Skin, According to Dermatologists," 23 Aug. 2018 The second possible reason is wishful thinking, topped with a dollop of nostalgia. Paul Tough, The Atlantic, "The Myth of the Wealthy Welder," 13 Sep. 2019 But then Over Easy Cafe adds melted cheddar cheese, and drizzles and then finally tops it off with a dollop of guacamole, which offers some relief from the spice heat of the rest of the dish. $13. Adam Lukach,, "Craving: Brunch — from hash to waffles, sweet to savory, bloodys to mimosas," 3 Sep. 2019 Top with a dollop of cardamom cream, followed by another spoonful of granita and more cardamom cream. Maria Zizka, Los Angeles Times, "Five or Fewer: Chill out with these summertime sweets," 30 Aug. 2019 Before serving, top blinis with a dollop of crème fraîche and a spoonful of caviar. al, "Serve a meal inspired by Alabama’s 200-year history," 20 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Serve dolloped with sour cream and crushed ginger cookies if desired. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pumpkin Spice Mousse," 24 Oct. 2018 Sweet potato and black bean shepherd's pie; creamy coconut porridge drizzled with juicy goji berries; crispy corn fritters dolloped with avocado mash; Sri Lankan-style curry with sautéed mustard, chick peas, and zucchini. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Beginner's Guide to Plant-Based Eating With Deliciously Ella," 15 Sep. 2018

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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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14 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Dollop.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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