Definition of dumpling in English:



  • 1A small savoury ball of dough (usually made with suet) which may be boiled, fried, or baked in a casserole.

    • ‘But Japanese food is not only about sushi, it's also about noodles, soup, fish, tofu, dumplings and tempura, for a start.’
    • ‘Pelmeni, available frozen at Russian markets, are meat dumplings, usually served boiled in a brothy soup.’
    • ‘I ordered a potful of chrysanthemum tea and a batch of the fried pork dumplings.’
    • ‘It was cooked slowly on the fire, and then Dad made a suet dumpling the size of the pan, and we really gorged ourselves.’
    • ‘If the thought of minestrone with pesto dumplings gets you hot under the collar, then there's a bowl with your name on it.’
    • ‘The finished dumplings can be boiled in a saucepan of water for about 40 minutes or can be added to casseroles, soups or stews for the equivalent time before the end of the cooking period.’
    • ‘The array of homemade treats continues with veal aspic, red beans, eggplant caviar, as well as different variations on dumplings like pelmeni, pierogis, and vareneki.’
    • ‘People snack on whatever's around: noodles, wontons or steamed glutinous dumplings wrapped in fragrant leaves.’
    • ‘Other possible ingredients for a more substantial dish with added texture include pasta, dumplings, croutons, beans and pulses.’
    • ‘This is followed by a light meal of bread, fried plantains, or fried dumplings and a hot drink early in the evening.’
    • ‘We chose traditional Chinese dumplings fried and boiled to accompany the main dishes and the potatoes in soybean sauce, which were delicious.’
    • ‘Vicky was particularly keen on the dim sum, which consisted of the Chinese dumplings, spinach wonton, Peking ravioli and mini-spring roll, served with a spicy soy dip and sweet chilli sauce.’
    • ‘Noodle dishes and soups are popular, as are boiled dumplings, shuijao, prepared with crabmeat in addition to the usual pork and leek stuffing.’
    • ‘We managed to speak enough Chinese to order ourselves lunch - 2 plates of dumplings, fried rice and a couple of beers.’
    • ‘Wonton, dumplings, steamed buns, noodles, soybean soup - I love them all.’
    • ‘A place to restore body and soul over huge steaming bowls of noodles swimming in broth and shiny black bento boxes of sushi, dumplings and tempura, washed down with reviving miso soup.’
    • ‘Appetizers include Spring Rolls, dumplings, Deep fried Wontons, a selection of salad rolls and even a Pan-Fried Turnip Cake.’
    • ‘They also do traditional Taiwanese dumplings, boiled or grilled, and these are home made and apparently their most popular dish - it's like a little bit of Taipei in York.’
    • ‘Both Chiao and Sharipov have requested a special take-out of dim sum dumplings and fried rice for their Christmas meal.’
    • ‘Jacket potatoes are now becoming the preferred option to chips, pasta salads have replaced stew and dumplings, and beef burgers have made way for chicken tikka.’
    1. 1.1A pudding consisting of apple or other fruit enclosed in a sweet dough and baked.
      • ‘There are two choices of sweet - peanut butter ice cream with syrup or cinnamon dumplings with caramel syrup.’
      • ‘His simple tastes showed themselves in other ways: he took to drinking a thin soup for Elevenses, preferred mashed potatoes over anything fancy, and seemed to love nothing more than apple dumplings for dessert.’
      • ‘In between there are cakes, biscuits, croissants, flapjacks, crackers, batter, dumplings, puddings and sauces, all made from cereal flour and all containing gluten.’
      • ‘When he asked if he could have some dumplings or apple fritters, I hit him in the face with my shoe.’
      • ‘There is life beyond fruit cake, clootie dumpling, and meat casseroles although you wouldn't know it in my highland shop where there is little fresh fruit on display but there is always a good supply of dried fruit.’
      • ‘Drain the passion fruit dumplings from the liquid and reserve at room temperature.’
      • ‘A typical sweet dumpling includes a typical ‘midnight snack’ consumed during mahjong parties, and is also associated with playing cards into the wee morning hours.’
      • ‘Sweet renditions of bread-like dumplings, filled with fruit and poached in syrup, are also common in these parts.’
      • ‘Vicky was too full for pudding, but I was helpless to resist the clootie dumpling and custard.’
      • ‘For dessert, why not try the hot clootie dumplings with prune and Armagnac ice?’
      • ‘I remember making oatcakes, apple dumplings, stuffed tomatoes and jam.’
      • ‘This time around, I felt like making desserts dumplings, and researched the sweet gnocchi possibilities.’
      • ‘‘The apple dumpling cheesecake has a whole apple pie mixed into it,’ a guy at the counter told me, as if that were the most natural thing in the world.’
      • ‘If Bea's starter and main course were marginally better than mine, her tasty Drambuie-sodden trifle was comfortably eclipsed by my mouth-watering clootie dumpling and custard.’
      • ‘And now, thanks to the generous nature of Yorkshire folk, she knows a lot about apple dumplings, pikelets and rabbit patties too.’
      • ‘The stern and wild leitmotif was underlined with a hefty and very pleasant fruit dumpling in butterscotch sauce to finish.’
      • ‘The home-made desserts are supreme, in particular the clootie dumpling, bread and butter pudding and rhubarb crumble and custard.’
      • ‘Everywhere you look outside, there are turrets and spires, while inside the tearooms serve Clootie dumplings (a rich, steamed fruit pudding).’
      • ‘The recipe suggested that we should have the dessert while the dumplings are warm and the filling inside is melted (well, the dumpling dough will harden as it cools, so it is better eaten warm anyways).’
      • ‘The most common are fruit dumplings (made with plums or, in winter, preserved apricots) served with grated farmer cheese and bread crumbs browned in butter, with sugar sprinkled on top.’
    2. 1.2A small, fat person.
      ‘he was a 250-pound dumpling’
      • ‘It wouldn't be so bad if I wasn't so short, but I end up looking like a dumpling, or a pudding.’


Early 17th century: apparently from the rare adjective dump ‘of the consistency of dough’, although dumpling is recorded much earlier.