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A slice of coconut cream pie with a dollop of whipped cream on it

EtymologyEdit

From earlier East Anglian dialectal dallop (patch, tuft (of grass, etc.)), of unknown origin. Compare dialectal Norwegian dolp (lump).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

dollop (plural dollops)

  1. A considerable lump, scoop, or quantity of something, especially soft food. [from 1810s]
    Each pancake comes with a dollop of suspiciously soft butter in a tiny plastic cup.
    • 1907, Ian Hay [pseudonym; John Hay Beith], “The Philanthropists”, in “Pip”: A Romance of Youth, Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood & Sons, OCLC 561272474; republished Boston, Mass.; New York, N.Y.: Houghton Mifflin Company; The Riverside Press Cambridge [Mass.], 1917, OCLC 1968431, page 23:
      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.

TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

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, “The Guard”, in John Patrick, editor, Secret Passions: A New Collection of Erotic Tales, Herndon, Va.: STARbooks Press, ISBN 978-1-891855-84-9:
      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.

Alternative formsEdit

  • dallop (noun and verb) (obsolete)