1. 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. "And solid pudding against empty praise." (Pope)

2. Anything resembling, or of the softness and consistency of, pudding.

3. An intestine; especially, an intestine stuffed with meat, etc.; a sausage.

4. Any food or victuals. "Eat your pudding, slave, and hold your tongue." (Prior)

5. Same as Puddening.

<botany> Pudding grass See Conglomerate. Pudding time. The time of dinner, pudding being formerly the dish first eaten. The nick of time; critical time. "Mars, that still protects the stout, In pudding time came to his aid." (Hudibras)

Origin: Cf. F. Boudin black pudding, sausage, L. Botulus, botellus, a sausage, G. & Sw. Pudding pudding, Dan. Podding, pudding, LG. Puddig thick, stumpy, W. Poten, potten, also E. Pod, pout, v.

(01 Mar 1998)

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