1. A piece of dough, sometimes filled, that is cooked in liquid such as water or soup.
2. Sweetened dough wrapped around fruit, such as an apple, baked and served as a dessert.
3. Informal A short, chubby creature.
[Earlier dumplin, perhaps from dump, lump.]
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