dumpling

noun dump·ling \ ˈdəmp-liŋ \

Definition of dumpling

1 a :a small mass of dough cooked by boiling or steaming
b :a usually baked dessert of fruit wrapped in dough
2 :something soft and rounded like a dumpling; especially :a short fat person or animal

Examples of dumpling in a Sentence

  1. We had vegetarian dumplings as an appetizer.

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Origin and Etymology of dumpling

perhaps alteration of lump


DUMPLING Defined for English Language Learners

dumpling

noun

Definition of dumpling for English Language Learners

  • : a small lump of dough that is boiled or steamed

  • : a piece of food that is wrapped in dough and cooked


DUMPLING Defined for Kids

dumpling

noun dump·ling \ ˈdəmp-liŋ \

Definition of dumpling for Students

1 :a small amount of dough cooked by boiling or steaming
2 :a dessert of fruit wrapped in dough

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