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[duhmp-ling] /ˈdʌmp lɪŋ/
a rounded mass of steamed and seasoned dough, often served in soup or with stewed meat.
a dessert consisting of a wrapping of dough enclosing sliced apples or other fruit, boiled or baked.
a short or stout person.
Origin of dumpling
1590-1600; dump (of uncertain origin) + -ling1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dumpling
  • Visitors can see dozens of traditional tea parlors, dumpling houses and food vendor carts scattered throughout the neighborhood.
  • For dessert, try the sweet potato bread pudding, the hot apple dumpling or the chocolate cobbler.
  • They also know how to park themselves at the baseline and bang back every dumpling that comes over the net.
  • He had some gray hair cropped close as a sheep-eaten lawn, and his fingers ended in dumplings, each dumpling having a ring on it.
  • Using a pastry brush and a small bowl of water, place a dumpling skin in your palm with a tablespoon of filling in the middle.
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  • Combine ingredients and drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dumpling mixture onto boiling chicken and stock.
British Dictionary definitions for dumpling


a small ball of dough cooked and served with stew
a pudding consisting of a round pastry case filled with fruit: apple dumpling
(informal) a short plump person
Word Origin
C16: dump-, perhaps variant of lump1 + -ling1
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Word Origin and History for dumpling

c.1600, Norfolk dialect, of uncertain origin, perhaps from some Low German word or from noun dump "lump" (late 18c.). Related: Dumplings.

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