WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Norfolk Dumpling

Norfolk Dumpling

A short thick man or woman. Norfolk dumpling; a jeering appellation of a Norfolk man, dumplings being a favourite kind of food in that county.

A Natural Crop; – alias – A Norfolk Dumpling, by James Gillray, 1791, The Trustees of the British Museum.

From the British Museum description:

A whole length satirical portrait of the Duke of Norfolk, directed to the right; in his left hand is the baton of Earl Marshal; his right hand is in his waistcoat pocket. He wears top-boots, a slouched hat, and his hair is closely cropped. Earlier caricatures show the Duke wearing his own hair without powder, hanging on his neck. 21 September 1791
Hand-coloured etching.


Slang term taken from the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.