Definition of dollop in US English:



  • A shapeless mass or blob of something, especially soft food.

    ‘great dollops of cream’
    figurative ‘a dollop of romance here and there’
    • ‘It comes with dollops of good-natured, understated humour.’
    • ‘But for all the lingering on inky skies or globular dollops of snow outside a window pane, the story never meanders.’
    • ‘He ripped one suit then finally managed to get into another with the help of more than a few dollops of talcum powder.’
    • ‘There's nothing basic or unrefined about the little hatchback, but the engineers have managed to dial in great dollops of fun.’
    • ‘A couple of years ago we'd be blasé about it because, it was taken for granted that you could raise dollops of cash and break into the meteoric world of the industry.’
    • ‘It smells of history, hops, grains, cookies, and Indian spices from the tandoori dishes that folks serve up in the lobby with dollops of punk-hippie love.’
    • ‘It takes large dollops of courage and a ready willingness to take premeditated risks, in order to successfully ride the crest of the advertising wave and stay in the business year after year.’
    • ‘They consult regularly, meet occasionally, and drop large dollops of cash into each other's latest projects.’
    • ‘Then, over the high, exposed moorland road, with a backdrop of hills still decorated by shrinking dollops of snow, the race began to splinter.’
    • ‘And they will all be waiting expectantly, not just for the dollops of neighbourhood gossip that is served up in such places.’
    • ‘As soon as the meeting was over, they contacted reporters with near-verbatim accounts of the participants' behavior in a frantic series of accusations and denials, spiced with dollops of invective.’
    • ‘It's been a good weekend - although most of the group seem to have developed a dollop of food poisoning, which is never good.’
    • ‘It is a military mystery with dollops of deception and drama.’
    • ‘From tacos to quesadillas and beyond, a growing number of consumers have taken to plopping a dollop of the creamy white stuff on their food before digging in.’
    • ‘The game was now everything the first half hadn't been, with dollops of excitement, and both sides going flat out for the winner.’
    • ‘Mix a large dollop of yogurt with a small dollop of mayo.’
    • ‘He was offended to receive a clump of pasta with a token dollop of tomato sauce on it.’
    • ‘Instead, with huge dollops of self-mocking humour he describes himself as ‘a new man’.’
    • ‘But they own something far more valuable - dollops of the most tensile human spirit.’
    • ‘They have all the ingredients - dollops of agony and ecstasy, choruses the size of their hometown and songs that aim for a deep emotional connection.’
    blob, glob, gobbet, lump, clump, ball, mound
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  • with object and adverbial of direction Add (a shapeless mass or blob of something) casually and without measuring.

    ‘Chekov stopped him from dolloping sugar into his coffee’
    • ‘It is good with couscous, drizzled over char-grilled vegetables, thinned out with extra virgin olive oil for a spicy, rose-scented marinade or dressing, or stirred into mayonnaise and dolloped on to grilled fish or chicken.’
    • ‘Next, he dolloped in a ton of sugar and a small drop of milk, chatting all the while.’
    • ‘He shrugged and dolloped a spoonful of sour cream onto his food.’
    • ‘James dollops whipped cream onto their pies, and I make two espressos.’
    • ‘Home-made jam is great to give as a present - even better to keep, to be dolloped liberally on to scones and toast or spread thickly into a plain sponge cake.’
    • ‘Served alongside a melty scoop of ice cream or dolloped with whipped cream, it makes a perfect barbeque dessert from July 4th to Labor Day.’
    • ‘Watercress pesto - to go with pasta, grilled fish or vegetables, or even just dolloped into soup - is also a revelation.’
    • ‘The sauce, a purée of canned tomatoes and olive oil painted on the dough instead of dolloped, finds a demure balance between tangy and sweet.’
    • ‘Creme fraiche seems ubiquitous in restaurants these days: dolloped on berries, swirled into soups, and even whisked into salad dressings.’
    • ‘It can be dolloped on top of the chicken for flavour, or put on some accompanying noodles, rice or potatoes.’
    • ‘We serve ours with a traditional fluffy white sauce dolloped on each slice.’
    • ‘In fact, the batter is rich and thick enough to be dolloped onto the waffle iron with an ice cream scoop.’
    • ‘Here at home, the coffee flows in a ceaseless flood of lattes and frappuccinos, tidily iced and foamed and dolloped into a maelstrom of liquid indulgence.’


Late 16th century (denoting a clump of grass or weeds in a field): perhaps of Scandinavian origin and related to Norwegian dialect dolp ‘lump’.