a thick, soft dessert, typically containing flour or some other thickener, milk, eggs, a flavoring, and sweetener: tapioca pudding.
a similar dish unsweetened and served with or as a main dish: corn pudding.
British. the dessert course of a meal.
Nautical. a pad or fender for preventing scraping or chafing or for lessening shock between vessels or other objects.

1275–1325; Middle English poding kind of sausage; compare Old English puduc wen, sore (perhaps orig. swelling), Low German puddewurst black pudding

puddinglike, adjective
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pudding (ˈpʊdɪŋ)
1.  a sweetened usually cooked dessert made in many forms and of various ingredients, such as flour, milk, and eggs, with fruit, etc
2.  a savoury dish, usually soft and consisting partially of pastry or batter: steak-and-kidney pudding
3.  the dessert course in a meal
4.  a sausage-like mass of seasoned minced meat, oatmeal, etc, stuffed into a prepared skin or bag and boiled
[C13 poding; compare Old English puduc a wart, Low German puddek sausage]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "a kind of sausage: the stomach or one of the entrails of a pig, sheep, etc., stuffed with minced meat, suet, seasoning, boiled and kept till needed," perhaps from a W.Gmc. stem *pud- "to swell" (cf. O.E. puduc "a wen," Westphalian dial. puddek "lump, pudding," Low Ger. pudde-wurst "black pudding,"
Eng. dial. pod "belly," also cf. pudgy). Other possibility is that it is from O.Fr. boudin "sausage," from V.L. *botellinus, from L. botellus "sausage" (change of Fr. b- to Eng. p- presents difficulties, but cf. purse). The modern sense had emerged by 1670, from extension to other foods boiled or steamed in a bag or sack. German pudding, Fr. pouding, Swed. pudding, Ir. putog are from English. Puddinghead "amiable stupid person" is attested from 1851.
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see proof of the pudding.

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any of several foods whose common characteristic is a relatively soft, spongy, and thick texture. In the United States, puddings are nearly always sweet desserts of milk or fruit juice variously flavoured and thickened with cornstarch, arrowroot, flour, tapioca, rice, bread, or eggs. The rarer savoury puddings are thickened vegetable purees, souffle-like dishes, or like corn pudding, custards. Hasty pudding is a cornmeal mush

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Example sentences
Turn into an earthen pudding-dish, cover, and cook slowly three and one-half hours.
Turn in a buttered pudding-dish, and bake thirty-five minutes in a slow oven.
The proof is in the pudding and if people want to make themselves feel better
  for bottle feeding they can go ahead.
Sorry to poo in your pudding but there is quite a bit of evidence that pot use
  damages the brain rather heavily.
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