dump·ling | \ ˈdəmp-liŋ \

Definition of dumpling 

1a : 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

We had vegetarian dumplings as an appetizer.

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Now based in Stockholm, Schiller can readily provide a list of his favorite NYC things, such as soup dumplings from 100 Mott Street, eating Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches on Grand, and visiting the Neue Gallery and the Noguchi Museum. Vogue, "Eytys’s New Book Is a Politicized Love Letter to the Diversity of New York City," 28 Mar. 2018 The handmade Sichuan dumplings were lit with fragrantly numbing peppercorn heat. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Atlantic City restaurants: New casinos, diverse independent spots create rising culinary energy," 6 July 2018 And don’t miss the homemade pork-and-chive dumplings. New York Times, "Free (or Cheap) Things to Do in NYC This Weekend," 5 July 2018 Schuyler's other records include eating three 72-ounce steaks and their accompanying sides in less than 20 minutes, 501 chicken wings in 30 minutes and 93 dumplings in two minutes. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Watch this Plumas Lake mom of four down a 55-ounce cheeseburger in record time," 8 June 2018 Best bets include egg foo young, dumplings in garlic sauce, and salt-and-pepper wings. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Let's Eat: The great outdoors," 25 Apr. 2018 On a weekend, more than 1,000 dumplings have been coming out of the kitchen. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Market Garden Brewery's news, Medina Beer Fest, WVIZ wine tastings - WTAM beer and wine chat," 14 Feb. 2018 Offerings could include Iberico char siu pork or dumplings with caviar, sea urchin, bay scallop, and trout roe. NBC News, "In San Francisco's Chinatown, a food hall wants to showcase the best of China," 5 Feb. 2018 Start with the vegetarian edamame dumplings with white truffle oil ($10) or the vegan kale guacamole with pink grapefruit, cilantro, roasted poblano, and sunflower seeds ($11). Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "The best vegetarian dishes at non-vegetarian restaurants in Chicago," 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of dumpling

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dumpling

perhaps alteration of lump

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English Language Learners Definition of dumpling

: a small lump of dough that is boiled or steamed

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


dump·ling | \ ˈdəmp-liŋ \

Kids Definition of dumpling

1 : a small amount of dough cooked by boiling or steaming

2 : a dessert of fruit wrapped in dough

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