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1 any of various soft thick unsweetened baked dishes; "corn pudding"
2 (British) the dessert course of a meal (`pud' is used informally) [syn: pud]
3 any of various soft sweet desserts thickened usually with flour and baked or boiled or steamed

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  • , /ˈpʊd.ɪŋ/, /"pUd.IN/
  • Rhymes with: -ʊdɪŋ


  1. A type of cake or dessert cooked usually by boiling or steaming.
  2. Any of various savoury dishes prepared in a similar way to a sweet pudding (eg, meat pudding) or from batter (eg, Yorkshire pudding)
  3. In the context of "UK": A dessert.
    We have apple pie for pudding today.
  4. A sausage made primarily from blood.
  5. A type of dessert that has a texture similar to custard or mousse but using some kind of starch as the thickening agent.
  6. An overweight person.



boiled or steamed cake or dessert
  • Croatian: puding
  • Finnish: kohokas
  • Polish: deser
savoury dish prepared like a sweet pudding
  • Croatian: puding
  • Finnish: vuoka, paistos
  • Finnish: jälkiruoka
  • French: dessert
  • Japanese: purin, pureen
  • Polish: deser
sausage made primarily from blood
  • Finnish: verimakkara
  • German: Blutwurst
  • Polish: kaszanka
dessert similar to custard or mousse and containing a thickening agent
  • Finnish: vanukas
  • German: Pudding
  • Polish: budyń]
  • Spanish: pudin, pudín
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Extensive Definition

Pudding most often refers to a dessert, but can also be a savory dish. There are two main types.
The word pudding probably comes from the French boudin, originally from the Latin botellus, meaning "small sausage," referring to encased meats used in Medieval European puddings. In the United Kingdom and some Commonwealth countries, pudding is a common term for any dessert.

Baked, steamed and boiled puddings

The first type of pudding is a solid mass formed by mixing various ingredients with a grain product or another binder (e.g., batter, flour, cereal, blood, eggs, suet). These puddings are cooked by baking, steaming or boiling.
This type of pudding is still common in various places and is served as either a main-course dish or a dessert. In Australia, pudding is usually used to describe this type, though the term also may be used to refer to the second type (see below) as well. These are less common in North America.
Many puddings of this type resemble cakes, characteristically with more moisture and usually served in chunks rather than slices. Others are types of sausages. Dessert pudding is often accompanied by custard or ice cream.
Boiled pudding was a common main course aboard ships in the Royal Navy in the 18th and 19th centuries. Pudding was used as the primary dish in which daily rations of flour and suet were prepared.

Suet pudding

Steamed pies consisting of a filling completely enclosed by suet pastry are also known as puddings. These may be sweet or savoury and include such dishes as steak and kidney pudding.

Creamy puddings

The second and newer type of pudding consists of sugar, milk, and a thickening agent such as cornstarch, gelatin, eggs, rice or tapioca to create a sweet, creamy dessert. These puddings are made either by simmering on top of the stove in a saucepan or double boiler or by baking in an oven, often in a bain-marie. They are typically served chilled, but a few types, such as zabaglione and rice pudding, may be served warm.
This is the most familiar meaning of the term in North America, though technically egg-thickened puddings are considered custards and starch-thickened puddings are blanc-mange. Pudding may be made from scratch or a mix or may be purchased ready to eat. The gelatin dessert company Jell-O is the primary producer of pudding mixes and prepared puddings in North America.

Miscellaneous desserts

In these examples, the word pudding is used in the British sense meaning "any dessert," rather than the specific puddings discussed above.

Cultural references

  • The proverb, "The proof of the pudding's in the eating" dates back to at least the 17th century.


pudding in Czech: Pudink
pudding in German: Pudding
pudding in Modern Greek (1453-): Πουτίγκα
pudding in Spanish: Budín
pudding in Basque: Budin
pudding in French: Pouding
pudding in Indonesian: Puding
pudding in Italian: Pudding
pudding in Hebrew: פודינג
pudding in Dutch: Pudding
pudding in Japanese: プディング
pudding in Polish: Budyń
pudding in Russian: Пудинг
pudding in Simple English: Pudding
pudding in Slovak: Puding
pudding in Finnish: Vanukas
pudding in Swedish: Pudding
pudding in Chinese: 布丁

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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