dump·​ling | \ ˈdəmp-liŋ How to pronounce dumpling (audio) \

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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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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“Dumpling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumpling. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for dumpling


dump·​ling | \ ˈdəmp-liŋ How to pronounce dumpling (audio) \

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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