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Origin unknown. Perhaps cognate with Norwegian dialect dolp, a lump.
dallop (plural dallops)
- (obsolete, East Anglia and Essex) A tuft or clump, especially an unploughed patch amongst fields of corn.
- (obsolete) Alternative form of . [15th–18th c.]
- [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.]