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.
Recent Examples on the Web Huajuan Shen and Sophia Chen are joking around, each carrying a singular unfinished soup dumpling in their palm. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 Place the dumpling into your pan and repeat, leaving a little space between each one. Joe Baur, sun-sentinel.com, 5 May 2021 Folding is the part of the dumpling-making process that takes the most practice. Hetty Mckinnon, Bon Appétit, 11 Apr. 2021 So far, Emojination has successfully guided over 100 emoji proposals, including interracial couples, hijab, piñata, dumpling, and tamale. Matt Klein, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 This is the simplest fold but produces a very nice dumpling. Hetty Mckinnon, Bon Appétit, 11 Apr. 2021 Han Oak’s great dumplings ($12 for six) make a welcome appearance, stuffed with juicy pork, folded into a plump beanie shape and served with black vinegar in a nod to the famous dumpling chain Din Tai Fung. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 20 Mar. 2021 That monologue is the work of someone who has been dropped like a dumpling into some cosmic soup. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2021 Home cooks perfected their dumpling-folding technique. New York Times, 2 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of dumpling was circa 1600

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10 Jun 2021

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“Dumpling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumpling. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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