dollop

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English[edit]

A slice of coconut cream pie with a dollop of whipped cream on it

Etymology[edit]

From earlier East Anglian dialectal dallop (patch, tuft (of grass, etc.)), of unknown origin. Compare dialectal Norwegian dolp (lump).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

dollop (plural dollops)

  1. A considerable lump, scoop, or quantity of something, especially soft food. [from 1810s]
    Each pancake comes with a dollop of suspiciously soft butter in a tiny plastic cup.
    • 1907, Ian Hay [pseudonym; John Hay Beith], “The Philanthropists”, in “Pip”: A Romance of Youth, Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood & Sons, OCLC 561272474; republished Boston, Mass.; New York, N.Y.: Houghton Mifflin Company; The Riverside Press Cambridge [Mass.], 1917, OCLC 1968431, page 23:
      On lifting it up he was surprised by an unwonted feeling of stickiness; but when he held the instrument to the light, the reason revealed itself to him immediately in the form of a dollop of congealed chicken-broth, nicely rounded to the shape of the cup, which shot from its resting-place, with a clammy thud, on to his clean shirt-front, and then proceeded to slide rapidly down inside his dress waistcoat, leaving a snail-like track, dotted with grains of rice, behind it.

Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

dollop (third-person singular simple present dollops, present participle dolloping, simple past and past participle dolloped)

  1. (transitive) To apply haphazardly in generous lumps or scoops. [from 1820s]
    She dolloped a generous quantity of mustard on her hot dog.
  2. (intransitive) To drip in a viscous form.
    • 2006, “The Guard”, in John Patrick, editor, Secret Passions: A New Collection of Erotic Tales, Herndon, Va.: STARbooks Press, ISBN 978-1-891855-84-9:
      The guard bounced his cock up, and the cock-snot dolloped onto the floor. Without instruction, Mark lowered his head beneath the towering statue and licked the creamy blob of lubrication up.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • dallop (noun and verb) (obsolete)