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[duhmp-ling] /ˈdʌmp lɪŋ/

a rounded mass of steamed and seasoned dough, often served in soup or with stewed meat.
a dessert consisting of a wrapping of dough enclosing sliced apples or other fruit, boiled or baked.
a short or stout person.
a small ball of dough cooked and served with stew
a pudding consisting of a round pastry case filled with fruit: apple dumpling
(informal) a short plump person

c.1600, Norfolk dialect, of uncertain origin, perhaps from some Low German word or from noun dump “lump” (late 18c.). Related: Dumplings.


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