From earlier East Anglican dialectal dallop (“patch of grass”), of unknown origin. Compare dialectal Norwegian dolp (lump).


dollop (plural dollops)

  1. A lump, scoop or considerable quantity of something, especially soft food. [from 1810s]
    • 1907, Ian Hay, “1”, in Pip:
      On lifting it up he was surprised by an unwonted feeling of stickiness; but when he held the instrument to the light, the reason revealed itself to him immediately in the form of a dollop of congealed chicken-broth, nicely rounded to the shape of the cup, which shot from its resting-place, with a clammy thud, on to his clean shirt-front, and then proceeded to slide rapidly down inside his dress waistcoat, leaving a snail-like track, dotted with grains of rice, behind it.
    Each pancake comes with a dollop of suspiciously soft butter in a tiny plastic cup.



dollop (third-person singular simple present dollops, present participle dolloping, simple past and past participle dolloped)

  1. (transitive) To apply haphazardly in generous lumps or scoops. [from 1820s]
    She dolloped a generous quantity of mustard on her hot dog.
  2. (intransitive) To drip in a viscous form
    • 2006, John Patrick, Secret Passions
      The guard bounced his cock up, and the cock-snot dolloped onto the floor. Without instruction, Mark lowered his head beneath the towering statue and licked the creamy blob of lubrication up.