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June 9, 2022

 Dollop / noun / dol·​lop

"Dollop" is a British-based word we now use in English as both a noun and a verb to describe serving indefinite quantities of food. When we use "dollop" as a noun, it describes an amount of something like food being portioned out and served to others. Some people use the word "dollop" in place of terms like " a little bit" or indefinite quantity. When used as a transitive verb, "dollop" represents the action of dishing out or serving portions.

In a Sentence

She asked for a "dollop" of sour cream on her baked potato at the restaurant.

I don't want a lot of food; just a "dollop" will do!

The servers at the event served evenly portioned dollops of the meal to the guests.


Etymologists say we introduced the word "dollop" into language in the early 18th century around 1812. We used "dollop" as a noun to represent a ‘glob' or ‘indefinite amount' of something. "Dollop" changed its meaning to a verb form meaning the action of portioning and serving food in the mid-18th century. We use both a noun and verb form of the word "dollop" to describe serving portions and amounts of foods.


Blob, Chunk


Entirety, Whole


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