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dumpling (n.)

"mass of boiled paste," also "a wrapping in which something is boiled," c. 1600, Norfolk dialect, of uncertain origin, perhaps from some Low German word or from noun dump "lump" (late 18c.). Related: Dumplings.

updated on October 17, 2018

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Definitions of dumpling from WordNet

dumpling (n.)
small balls or strips of boiled or steamed dough;
Synonyms: dumplings
dumpling (n.)
dessert made by baking fruit wrapped in pastry;
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