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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 Work a dollop of this rich leave-in conditioner/styling cream hybrid through damp waves or spirals to enhance texture while nourishing with shea butter and coconut oil. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "Good Housekeeping's 2020 Beauty Awards," 28 Apr. 2020 The workers use Swiffers and dusters, and DaBaby accepts some dollops of hand sanitizer. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "The Latest Indulgence in Hip-Hop Videos? Coronavirus Protection," 28 Apr. 2020 There was the handmade fettuccine swirled to perfection and topped with a dainty dollop of caviar. Paige Stables, Allure, "An Inside Look at the Meticulous Process That Goes Into Great Lengths Hair Extensions," 16 Apr. 2020 Her heads of health, public transportation, homeless services and other departments calmly explained, with ample dollops of data, what the city is doing to confront the crisis. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Apple goes deal-shopping during the coronavirus outbreak," 7 Apr. 2020 These ingredients are made into two layers: milk and a dollop of thick, pudding-like coffee mixture that floats on top. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "What to know about dalgona coffee, the viral drink everyone's making during coronavirus," 4 Apr. 2020 Just putting a little dollop in the palm of your hand and wiping quickly isn't good enough, Schaffner said. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Why soap, sanitizer and warm water work against Covid-19 and other viruses," 24 Mar. 2020 Two or three meats and cheese slices are available to mix and match on boards each night, served alongside crackers and a dollop of pickles or housemade chutney, and there's a fridge of full rounds and hunks of both available for takeaway. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Currently Obsessed With: Loose Canon Cheese and Wine in Dublin," 5 Mar. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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15 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dollop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 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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