clootie dumpling, cloutie dumpling noun a rich desert where a mixture of flour, suet and dried fruit are boiled in a cloth: my mither made a clootie dumpling... la19-. Compare dumpling etymology: Scots; cloot ‘a cloth’ + English dumpling ‘a pudding made of paste or dough and boiled in a cloth’; attested by JS, SS and ET; form cloutie dumpling attested by ES in TN