Definition of pudding in English:



  • 1North American A dessert with a creamy consistency.

    ‘chocolate pudding’
    ‘a rice 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mix should have the consistency of pudding or soft butter.’
    • ‘Rarely, a patient may be limited to foods with a pudding consistency if thin and thick liquids are freely aspirated.’
    • ‘She concentrated on her dessert, scooping slowly through the pudding.’
    1. 1.1British Any dessert.
      dessert, sweet, sweet course, sweet dish, second course, last course
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    2. 1.2British 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.’
      • ‘What's especially interesting is how many enjoyed the discipline of having to finish their main course before having pudding.’
      • ‘I serve it now as an alternative to a cheese or pudding course.’
      • ‘I have a sneaking hope that Wallace will order custard tart for pudding but this lunch is a Presbyterian affair.’
      • ‘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 by the time we reached pudding - some rapidly melting ice cream - even the weather seemed to be improving.’
      • ‘But what's money when we've got home made treacle sponge for pudding?’
      • ‘And we did have a bag of jelly babies for pudding.’
      • ‘The supper will begin with a haggis starter being piped in, followed by a fish course, pudding and whisky chocolates, amid the speeches.’
      • ‘Swiftly served and voraciously consumed but like most Indian eating experiences, the meal is limited on pudding.’
      • ‘Nothing is ever perfect, of course, and pudding proved to be a profound disappointment.’
      dessert, sweet, sweet course, sweet dish, second course, last course
      afters, pud
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  • 2A sweet or savory steamed dish made with flour.

    ‘Yorkshire pudding’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1The intestines of a pig or sheep stuffed with oatmeal, spices, and meat and boiled.
      • ‘I'd love to wash out the intestines and use them to make puddings and things like that.’
      • ‘This had a light crackling and a juicy meat expertly balanced with the dark earthy flavours of the pudding.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 2.2informal A fat, dumpy, or stupid person.
      ‘away with you, you big pudding!’
      • ‘What happened to our innocent, virtuous little talent show? To paraphrase Patton: it never was one, silly pudding.’
      • ‘Have been too much of a fat old pudding to attempt their demonstration dances.’


  • in the pudding club

    • see club
      • ‘If someone is in the pudding club it means she is pregnant.’
      • ‘He's got her in the pudding club.’
      • ‘‘You silly goose, hasn't it occurred to you that you might be in the pudding club?’’


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