a. A sweet, soft dessert, often with a base of milk or cream thickened by flour, cornstarch, or a cereal product, that has been boiled, steamed, or baked: chocolate pudding; rice pudding.
b. An edible mixture with a soft, puddinglike consistency: corn pudding.
2. Chiefly British
a. A sweet dish eaten at the end of a meal; dessert.
b. A sausagelike preparation made with minced meat or various other ingredients stuffed into a bag or skin and boiled.
[Middle English poding, a kind of sausage, perhaps from Anglo-Norman bodin, sausage (compare Old French boudin), of unknown origin.]
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