Definition of pudding in English:



  • 1A cooked sweet dish served after the main course of a meal.

    ‘a rice pudding’
    mass noun ‘a good helping of pudding’
    • ‘Another great pudding is banoffee pie, which is often wrongly presumed to be American in origin.’
    • ‘While the puddings are cooking, make the syrup by combining sugar, water, lime rind and cardamom pods and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves.’
    • ‘One point on which there is universal agreement is that it is vital to cook a rice pudding very slowly.’
    • ‘Of all the puddings we serve at Old Pines, this gets the most requests for seconds.’
    • ‘Every pudding that is cooked goes through the hands of Marie.’
    • ‘We were flagging by now, but I managed a pudding, choosing bitter chocolate tart, mango purée and thyme ice cream, for £5.’
    • ‘One evening, after a mention by Chris of how he missed his mum's cooking, I volunteered to make a rice pudding.’
    • ‘Serve the puddings with a dollop of double cream.’
    • ‘The Crusaders then took it to Europe, while the Ottoman Turks began using it creatively in rice dishes, puddings, pastries, jams, sherbets, syrups and a large variety of sweets.’
    • ‘I made a chocolate pudding from scratch, and then used it to fill cream puffs.’
    • ‘Our dining establishment, The Riverside Cafe, was just what you need on a cold rainy day - puddings and stodgy meals galore, with nary a vegetable in sight.’
    • ‘Nutmeg is as popular a spice for savoury dishes as sweet, lending a mellow flavour to rice puddings, sausages and mash, baked custards and fruit cake.’
    • ‘Of the puddings, a warm chocolate fondant with peanut ice-cream and artichoke caramel really stood out.’
    • ‘Regular mint can be added to all sorts of chocolate puddings, as well as to fruit crumbles and ice-creams.’
    • ‘Vicky's flawless rhubarb-and-nut crumble with ginger-and-rhubarb-ripple ice-cream and crème anglaise was the star of the show, but my trio of chocolate puddings wasn't far behind.’
    • ‘I'm also pretty good at English puddings: I like cooking baked apples, crème brûlée and rice pudding.’
    • ‘Batter pudding, the French ‘Clafoutis’, is the only hot pudding that is really acceptable in high summer.’
    • ‘If serving the pudding in a baking dish or oven proof bowl allow to cool slightly before spooning out.’
    • ‘Cook them into puddings and sauces, or make jam during winter after garden chores have died down.’
    • ‘There's also a standard rendition of crème brûlée, flavored with tea, and a rice pudding that tasted properly rich but not transcendent.’
    dessert, sweet, sweet course, sweet dish, second course, last course
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    1. 1.1mass noun The dessert course of a meal.
      ‘what's for pudding?’
      • ‘We are only just ordering pudding (lemon meringue for him, fruit cup for me) when Lloyd Webber, who must have eaten very quickly, comes over to say hello.’
      • ‘But what's money when we've got home made treacle sponge for pudding?’
      • ‘Swiftly served and voraciously consumed but like most Indian eating experiences, the meal is limited on pudding.’
      • ‘What's especially interesting is how many enjoyed the discipline of having to finish their main course before having pudding.’
      • ‘And by the time we reached pudding - some rapidly melting ice cream - even the weather seemed to be improving.’
      • ‘I have a sneaking hope that Wallace will order custard tart for pudding but this lunch is a Presbyterian affair.’
      • ‘Nothing is ever perfect, of course, and pudding proved to be a profound disappointment.’
      • ‘I serve it now as an alternative to a cheese or pudding course.’
      • ‘The supper will begin with a haggis starter being piped in, followed by a fish course, pudding and whisky chocolates, amid the speeches.’
      • ‘The sushi and sashimi are also delicious and if I have pudding it'll usually be the plate of different ice creams mixed with fruits and caramel.’
      • ‘And we did have a bag of jelly babies for pudding.’
      dessert, sweet, sweet course, sweet dish, second course, last course
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    2. 1.2North American A dessert with a soft or creamy consistency.
      • ‘Rarely, a patient may be limited to foods with a pudding consistency if thin and thick liquids are freely aspirated.’
      • ‘In dairy desserts such as puddings and mousses, the desired texture and air content determine the type and amount of cocoa powder to be used.’
      • ‘She concentrated on her dessert, scooping slowly through the pudding.’
      • ‘I went downstairs to finish working on the pudding for the dessert as Mary washed the pots and pans I had used to cook with.’
      • ‘The mix should have the consistency of pudding or soft butter.’
  • 2A sweet or savoury steamed dish made with suet and flour.

    ‘a steak and kidney pudding’
    • ‘And there was a rather workaday sticky steamed pudding with a bicarbonate of soda sub-taste which seemed to have lost most of its toffee sauce.’
    • ‘As the name suggests, the menu contains a lot of sausage and mash and steamed puddings, but it's fun, fast and all wonderfully fattening.’
    • ‘When I was a student, it was a warm refuge to sip on bottomless cups of coffee and indulge in steamed fruit pudding and toasted cinnamon buns.’
    • ‘I still carry around a hankering for bread and dripping, steamed pudding, and sweet macaroni, but I know they will do me no good, so I avoid them.’
    • ‘For the cornbread pudding, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, coat the inside of a deep ovenproof pan with some of the and set aside.’
    1. 2.1 The intestines of a pig or sheep stuffed with oatmeal, spices, and meat and boiled.
      • ‘It is then served with a celeriac purée that goes so well with the rich, warmly spiced pudding, the juicy fish and the crisp prosciutto that it could be an idea straight from Heaven after all.’
      • ‘This had a light crackling and a juicy meat expertly balanced with the dark earthy flavours of the pudding.’
      • ‘I'd love to wash out the intestines and use them to make puddings and things like that.’
      • ‘The most common mistaken belief about the haggis is that it is some kind of pudding made from sheep innards.’
      • ‘But no, it was plain wholesome gravy and with a clean plate in front of her, Ann's verdict was ‘delicious’ for a pudding full of lean meat.’
    2. 2.2informal A fat or stupid person.
      ‘away with you, you big pudding!’
      • ‘Have been too much of a fat old pudding to attempt their demonstration dances.’
      • ‘What happened to our innocent, virtuous little talent show? To paraphrase Patton: it never was one, silly pudding.’


Middle English (denoting a sausage such as black pudding): apparently from Old French boudin ‘black pudding’, from Latin botellus ‘sausage, small intestine’.