Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A large lump or portion of a solid matter.
  • noun A small quantity or splash of a liquid.
  • noun A modicum; a bit.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To beat.
  • To handle awkwardly.
  • noun A lump; a mass.
  • noun See dallop.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a lump, scoop or considerable quantity of something.
  • verb transitive To apply haphazardly in generous lumps or scoops.
  • verb intransitive To drip in a viscous form

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

  • noun a small measure (usually of food)

Etymologies

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

[Earlier tuft, clump; perhaps akin to Norwegian dolp, lump.]

Examples

  • I had no idea they would be quite as spicy as they are and I am quite thankful the sourcream dollop is included in the recipe.

    Chipotle sweet potato soup | Homesick Texan

  • I've had conversations with people who didn't speak a dollop of English simply by trading the names of films or directors back and forth, with each of us grunting in disapproval or smiling our appreciation to show our opinion.

    Michael Giltz: Cannes 2010 Day Two and Three: Wall Street 2 Stock Down, The Housemaid Burns Up

  • In recounting his teenage travails as a Boston schoolboy growing up with a "dollop" of Catholic guilt and a full spectrum of FM stations, Sheffield navigates Reaganomics, Boy George, and Rambo with wit, self-deprecation, and not an ounce of trepidation.

    Kristi York Wooten: A Girl Talks to Rob Sheffield about Duran Duran (and His New Book)

  • That blueberry 'dollop' looks disturbingly like oversized caviar.

    New Year's Diet Aid

  • In recounting his teenage travails as a Boston schoolboy growing up with a "dollop" of Catholic guilt and a full spectrum of FM stations, Sheffield navigates Reaganomics, Boy George, and Rambo with wit, self-deprecation, and not an ounce of trepidation.

    Kristi York Wooten: A Girl Talks to Rob Sheffield about Duran Duran (and His New Book)

  • There was the old farmer at the tithe dinner, who, on having some bread-sauce handed to him, extracted a great "dollop" on the top of his knife, tasted it, and said, "Don't chuse none."

    Two Suffolk Friends

  • Unlike with ill-advised conversations-where you can later swear that you said "dollop," not "trollop" and this was a simple misunderstanding based on excessive cerumen build-up-everything is spelled out in black-and-white in e-mail messages.

    Macworld

  • Unlike with ill-advised conversations-where you can later swear that you said "dollop," not "trollop" and this was a simple misunderstanding based on excessive cerumen build-up-everything is spelled out in black-and-white in e-mail messages.

    Macworld

  • But they went on the menu that night, topped with a dollop of creamy raspberry purée.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • Toting a bowl of her homemade guacamole, she spooned a dollop for Ben and asked him what it needed.

    Parents Behaving Badly

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  • An upside-down word.

    May 23, 2008

  • what was that infernal jingle?

    ..hmf-d-hm-hmmn wiith a dollop!--a dollop

    you can light up a room with a dollop!

    a dollop.. of dais-y

    July 31, 2008

  • Aaagh! The most wretched earworm ever!

    July 31, 2008

  • Ha, oro was right. I entered dollop in the flip your fonts thing and the text it returned is: dollop!

    July 31, 2008