What does dumpling mean?

Definitions for dumplingˈdʌmp lɪŋ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dumpling.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dumpling, dumplings(noun)

    small balls or strips of boiled or steamed dough

  2. dumpling(noun)

    dessert made by baking fruit wrapped in pastry


  1. dumpling(Noun)

    A ball of dough that is cooked and may have a filling and/or additional ingredients in the dough.

  2. dumpling(Noun)

    A term of endearment.

    My little dumpling.

  3. Origin: perhaps an alteration of lump, possibly associated with -ling by popular etymology

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dumpling(noun)

    a roundish mass of dough boiled in soup, or as a sort of pudding; often, a cover of paste inclosing an apple or other fruit, and boiled or baked; as, an apple dumpling

  2. Origin: [Dimin. of dump an illshapen piece; cf. D. dompelen to plunge, dip, duck, Scot. to dump in to plunge into, and E. dump, v. t.]


  1. Dumpling

    Dumplings are cooked balls of dough. They are based on flour, potatoes or bread, and may include meat, fish, vegetables, or sweets. They may be cooked by boiling, steaming, simmering, frying, or baking. They may have a filling, or there may be other ingredients mixed into the dough. Dumplings may be sweet or savoury. They can be eaten by themselves, in soups or stews, with gravy, or in any other way. While some dumplings resemble solid water-boiled doughs, such as gnocchi, others such as wontons resemble meatballs with a thin dough covering.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dumpling

    dump′ling, n. a kind of thick pudding or mass of paste. [Dim. of dump, in dumpy.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dumpling in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dumpling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Images & Illustrations of dumpling

  1. dumplingdumplingdumpling

Translations for dumpling

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for dumpling »


Find a translation for the dumpling definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these dumpling definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"dumpling." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 20 Feb. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/dumpling>.

Are we missing a good definition for dumpling? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for dumpling:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.