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

Patel grew up in a close-knit apartment complex in India and her mom would often make dal dhokli, dumplings in a stew or soup, usually made with leftover dal. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Heena Patel relaunches Besharam, now with full control," 17 July 2019 Crzy Monk from the owner of Lalo and Huit serves Asian dumplings Downtown. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati restaurant openings and closings of 2019," 11 July 2019 The dumpling exteriors deliver a good crunch, and the chicken filling has a nice hint of ginger. Natalie Wade, chicagotribune.com, "What to eat at Taste of Chicago: We tried every booth to recommend our favorites," 9 July 2019 These were not high-quality dumplings — and never were — but were beloved for decades on Mott Street and still are. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Soup dumplings hit Orlando — here’s where to stab and slurp them," 5 July 2019 Kuriya’s gyoza dumplings have the same willowy cornstarch halo as Kimura’s. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Kuriya @ Cherrity Bar delivers Japanese ramen with San Antonio charm," 3 July 2019 The Sheraton has signage in Mandarin and offers such in-room amenities as slippers and teakettles, and foods favored by Chinese travelers, such as congee and dumplings for breakfast. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "Chinese tourists still love L.A. despite overall decline in visits to U.S.," 28 June 2019 Ramen House also offers Ham's specialty: rose gyoza, a dumpling folded into the flower's shape. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Ramen and Mediterranean restaurants are spicing things up at Mid City Mall," 26 June 2019 In addition to sausage and pieorgies, Srodek's offers soups, head cheese and potato dumplings. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Joyview Meat in Redford celebrates 50 years of sausage making," 21 June 2019

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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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