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Origin unknown. Perhaps cognate with Norwegian dialect dolp, a lump.


dallop (plural dallops)

  1. (obsolete, East Anglia and Essex) A tuft or clump, especially an unploughed patch amongst fields of corn.
    • 1573, Tusser, Thomas, “Augusts husbandrie”, in Five Hundred Pointes of Good Husbandrie[1], English Dialect Society, published 1878, page 131:
      Of barlie the longest and greenest ye find, / leaue standing by dallops, till time ye doo bind
  2. (obsolete) Alternative form of dollop. [15th–18th c.]
    • [1826, John Thomson, “Dallop”, in Etymons of English Words, Edinburgh: Published by Oliver & Boyd, Tweeddale-Court; London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, & Green, OCLC 28326844, column 1:
      Dallop, s[ubstantive] a deal heap, a division or small heap, []]
    • [1830, Robert Forby, The Vocabulary of East Anglia; an Attempt to Record the Vulgar Tongue of the Twin Sister Counties, Norfolk and Suffolk, as It Existed in the Last Twenty Years of the Eighteenth Century, and still Exists; with Proof of Its Antiquity from Etymology and Authority. [...] In Two Volumes, volume I, London: Printed by and for J[ohn] B[oyer] Nichols and Son, 25, Parliament Street, OCLC 156094369, page 88:
      DALLOP, s[ubstantive] [] 5. A clumsy and shapeless lump of any thing tumbled about in the hands.]