Definition of dumpling noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdʌmplɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌmplɪŋ//
    Carbohydrates, Sweets and desserts
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  1. 1a small ball of dough (= a mixture of flour, fat and water) that is cooked and served with meat dishes chicken with herb dumplings See related entries: Carbohydrates
  2. 2a small ball of pastry, often with fruit in it, eaten as a dessert apple dumplings See related entries: Sweets and desserts
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: apparently from the rare adjective dump ‘of the consistency of dough’, although dumpling is recorded much earlier.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dumpling