One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘She concentrated on her dessert, scooping slowly through the pudding.’
- ‘Rarely, a patient may be limited to foods with a pudding consistency if thin and thick liquids are freely aspirated.’
- 1.1British Any dessert.
- 1.2British The dessert course of a meal.‘what's for pudding?’
- ‘Swiftly served and voraciously consumed but like most Indian eating experiences, the meal is limited on pudding.’
- ‘And we did have a bag of jelly babies for pudding.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Nothing is ever perfect, of course, and pudding proved to be a profound disappointment.’
- ‘The supper will begin with a haggis starter being piped in, followed by a fish course, pudding and whisky chocolates, amid the speeches.’
- ‘But what's money when we've got home made treacle sponge 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.’
- ‘I have a sneaking hope that Wallace will order custard tart for pudding but this lunch is a Presbyterian affair.’
2A sweet or savory steamed dish made with flour.‘Yorkshire 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 2.1 The intestines of a pig or sheep stuffed with oatmeal, spices, and meat and boiled.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This had a light crackling and a juicy meat expertly balanced with the dark earthy flavours of the pudding.’
- ‘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.’
- 2.2informal 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.’
Middle English (denoting a sausage such as black pudding): apparently from Old French boudin ‘black pudding’, from Latin botellus ‘sausage, small intestine’.
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