The most common British usage is:

pud┬Ěding, n.
1.
a.A sweet dessert, usually containing flour or a cereal product, that has been boiled, steamed, or baked.
b.A mixture with a soft, puddinglike consistency.

I get the impression that British food is not highly regarded in the States, but the British make the world's best puddings.

Other recommended highpoints for British cooking are breakfast (it was, I think, Napoleon who said the way to eat well in Britain is eat three breakfasts a day), and the curry. London curry-houses are said to be the best in the world, and that includes India.

Pud"ding (?), n. [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.]

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.

Shak.

4.

Any food or victuals.

Eat your pudding, slave, and hold your tongue. Prior.

5. Naut.

Same as Puddening.

Pudding grass Bot., the true pennyroyal (Mentha Pulegium), formerly used to flavor stuffing for roast meat. Dr. Prior. -- Pudding pie, a pudding with meat baked in it. Taylor (1630). -- Pudding pipe Bot., the long, cylindrical pod of the leguminous tree Cassia Fistula. The seeds are separately imbedded in a sweetish pulp. See Cassia. -- Pudding sleeve, a full sleeve like that of the English clerical gown. Swift. -- Pudding stone. Min. See Conglomerate, n., 2. -- Pudding time. (a) The time of dinner, pudding being formerly the dish first eaten. [Obs.] Johnson. (b) The nick of time; critical time. [Obs.]

Mars, that still protects the stout, In pudding time came to his aid. Hudibras.

 

© Webster 1913.

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