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

Do not overlook the shrimp and pork dumplings, swimming with napa cabbage and bits of guanciale in a pork-rich broth. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Anticipation for Pacific Standard Time pays off with wood-fired excellence," 15 June 2018 The menu includes Thai dumplings, green curry and fried chicken with ginger garlic rice. Todd A. Price, NOLA.com, "7 tasty places to eat and drink in New Orleans: May 9-15," 8 May 2018 Sweet and savory puddings, bread soups and dumplings made of bread or bread crumbs are just some of the dishes that show up daily on tables all over Italy — and in the book. Evan Kleiman, latimes.com, "The outrageously simple joy of bread crumbs, plus a recipe for cauliflower steaks with (surprise!) garlicky bread crumbs," 9 Mar. 2018 The menu, which includes southern comfort food like chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, and fried catfish, was inspired by recipes from Nick’s great grandmother, Nellie Jonas, who passed away in 2011. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Had Another Wedding Reception—This Time in North Carolina," 28 Jan. 2019 Located up a narrow staircase off the Malecón, its walls were covered with ironic Soviet posters, and the menu offered borscht, dumplings and blinis. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, "A Weirdly Fascinating Cold-War Tour of Havana," 20 Nov. 2018 Beijing has hordes of scooter-riding delivery people to fetch your noodles and dumplings at the swipe of a smartphone app. Lin Zhu, WSJ, "The Future of Lunch Delivery Looks Like a Giant Roomba," 23 Nov. 2018 My go-to takeout order includes Cheng Du spicy dumplings and Sichuan wontons with spicy chile sauce. BostonGlobe.com, "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 15 June 2018 Since 2010, tiny northern Chinese dumpling-and-noodle shops have proliferated. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "How China’s many regions have changed how Bay Area eats Chinese food," 9 Feb. 2018

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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 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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