Definition of dumpling
1a : a small mass of dough cooked by boiling or steamingb : 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 of dumpling from the Web
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Origin and Etymology of dumpling
perhaps alteration of lump
First Known Use: circa 1600
DUMPLING Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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