Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sweet dessert, usually containing flour or a cereal product, that has been boiled, steamed, or baked.
  • n. A mixture with a soft, puddinglike consistency.
  • n. A sausagelike preparation made with minced meat or various other ingredients stuffed into a bag or skin and boiled.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sausage made primarily from blood.
  • n. Any of various dishes, sweet or savoury, prepared by boiling or steaming, or from batter.
  • n. A type of cake or dessert cooked usually by boiling or steaming.
  • n. A type of dessert that has a texture similar to custard or mousse but using some kind of starch as the thickening agent.
  • n. Dessert; the dessert course of a meal.
  • n. An overweight person.
  • n. Entrails.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A species of food of a soft or moderately hard consistence, variously made, but often a compound of flour or meal, with milk and eggs, etc.
  • n. Anything resembling, or of the softness and consistency of, pudding.
  • n. An intestine; especially, an intestine stuffed with meat, etc.; a sausage.
  • n. Any food or victuals.
  • n. Same as Puddening.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To draw together and join inside in a junction-box, as an electric cable.
  • n. Minced meat, or blood, properly seasoned, stuffed into an intestine, and cooked by boiling.
  • n. A dish consisting of flour or other farinaceous substance with suet, or milk, eggs, etc., sometimes enriched with fruit, as raisins, etc., originally boiled in a bag to a moderately hard consistence, but now made in many other ways.
  • n. Nautical, same as puddening.
  • n. The joint of an electric cable inside a junction-box.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (British) the dessert course of a meal (`pud' is used informally)
  • n. any of various soft thick unsweetened baked dishes
  • n. any of various soft sweet desserts thickened usually with flour and baked or boiled or steamed

Etymologies

Middle English, a kind of sausage, from Old French boudin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From circa 1305, Middle English poding ("kind of sausage; meat-filled animal stomach") , from French boudin ("blood sausage, black pudding"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • More proof in the pudding is all of the hate groups springing up.

    Think Progress » Media Leaves Stupak’s False Claims About Senate Bill’s Abortion Provision Unchallenged

  • The proof in the pudding is the high unemployment rate which when analyzed in detail shows that it's not sourced from increasing layoffs so much as an unwillingness by small business, the real engines of economic growth, to hire when facing the possibility that the person you hire now may be much more expensive to retain in employment a year from now.

    A Confession

  • And certainly, you're not seeing it at the levels that we saw it, say, a month ago, when there were actually big puddles of what they called pudding-like or mousse-like substance coming and washing up onto beaches.

    Most Gulf Oil Is Out Of Site But Not Out Of Mind

  • But I agree with you .. most times, especially with the chocolate variety, I find that the pudding is always lacking.

    Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

  • I was going to make myself chocolate-chocolate chip cookies for my birthday, but perhaps banana pudding is the ticket instead.

    Comfort me with banana pudding | Homesick Texan

  • For me, the proof in the pudding is the fleetingness of memes (and god I hate to use this term and i apologise profusely for putting in the headline but the blogosphere made me do it).

    2006 April « Squash

  • Mr Inglis laughed, and told him that they might go fifty times and not catch such another fish as the last; which I forgot to say in the proper place was baked by the cook, with what she called a pudding inside it, and eaten in triumph by the fishing-party, aided by Mrs Inglis, and declared to be the best fish that ever came out of the river.

    Hollowdell Grange Holiday Hours in a Country Home

  • The word "pudding" is not usually associated with vegetables by non-Spanish speakers, but that is the common translation, made more confusing by the fact that budín can also mean cake frosting or dessert pudding.

    Mexican vegetable dishes: some fall favorites

  • Rice pudding is not a particularly sweet dessert to begin with, as it focuses primarily on the rice and milk that make up its bulk.

    Rice Pudding with Agave Syrup | Baking Bites

  • Adding in some chocolate chips really ups the amount of chocolate you taste in each bite - especially when this bread pudding is served hot and the chips are still melty.

    Individual Nutella Bread Puddings | Baking Bites

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  • I prefer pud'n myself.

    February 4, 2010

  • With a spoon, of course.

    February 3, 2010

  • How did it go on, again?

    February 3, 2010

  • As in that marvelous ode, Puddin on the Ritz.

    February 3, 2010

  • I prefer the shortened pronunciation of pudd'n'

    February 3, 2010

  • How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?

    February 19, 2007