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[dol-uh p] /ˈdɒl əp/
a lump or blob of some substance:
dollops of mud.
a small quantity:
Add a dollop of soda water to the mixture.
verb (used with object)
to dispense in dollops:
to dollop whipped cream over the cake.
Origin of dollop
1565-75; compare Icelandic dōlpur fat man, Norwegian (dial.) dolp lump Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for dollop
  • Take away the gravy-laden goodies and treat your dog instead to a dollop of yogurt or some steamed broccoli.
  • Add to all that a major dollop of alienation and anomie.
  • Season with salt as needed, and serve in bowls garnished with minced dill and a dollop of sour cream.
  • Try pairing with brown rice and a dollop of yogurt to cool things down.
  • To add holiday flair, add a dollop of cilantro-walnut pesto.
  • It means more bets can be made with a given dollop of capital.
  • Pour over hot coconut gravy and serve with a dollop of pounded chili mixed with a pinch of salt.
  • Heat the pan over medium-high heat until a small dollop of batter dropped in makes a sizzling noise.
  • Spoon on a large dollop of whipped cream and place the lid on top.
  • Place fish in tortillas first, then top with other ingredients, including a dollop of the dressing.
British Dictionary definitions for dollop


a semisolid lump
a large serving, esp of food
(transitive) foll by out. to serve out (food)
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for dollop

1570s, from East Anglian dialectal dallop "patch, tuft or clump of grass," of uncertain origin. Modern sense of "a lump or glob" is 1812. As a verb, from 1825.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dollop


  1. A lump or glob
  2. A portion, esp a small portion of food

[1812+; origin unknown]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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