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[sir-uh p, sur-]
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noun, verb (used with object)
  1. syrup.


or sir·up

[sir-uh p, sur-]
  1. any of various thick, sweet liquids prepared for table use from molasses, glucose, etc., water, and often a flavoring agent.
  2. any of various preparations consisting of fruit juices, water, etc., boiled with sugar: raspberry syrup.
  3. Pharmacology. a concentrated sugar solution that contains medication or flavoring.
  4. simple syrup.
verb (used with object)
  1. to bring to the form or consistency of syrup.
  2. to cover, fill, or sweeten with syrup.

Origin of syrup

1350–1400; < Medieval Latin syrupus < Arabic sharāb a drink; replacing Middle English sirop < Middle French < Medieval Latin, as above
Related formssyr·up·like, adjective
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Examples from the Web for sirup

Historical Examples

  • Cool and then add the sirup to the cider and the juice of the lemons.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • Remove from the oven and serve with the sirup from the apricots.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • In the blossom they place a little cobalt or "fly-stone" and sirup.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • Then the sap is boiled till it becomes sirup; and the sirup is boiled into sugar.

  • Well, by and by the sap in the little kettle had boiled into sirup.

British Dictionary definitions for sirup


  1. US a less common spelling of syrup


  1. a solution of sugar dissolved in water and often flavoured with fruit juice: used for sweetening fruit, etc
  2. any of various thick sweet liquids prepared for cooking or table use from molasses, sugars, etc
  3. a liquid medicine containing a sugar solution for flavouring or preservation
  4. informal cloying sentimentality
  5. British slang a wig
verb (tr)
  1. to bring to the consistency of syrup
  2. to cover, fill, or sweeten with syrup
Ancient name: sirup
Derived Formssyrup-like, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Medieval Latin syrupus, from Arabic sharāb a drink, from shariba to drink: sense 4 from rhyming slang syrup of fig
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Word Origin and History for sirup



late 14c., from Old French sirop (13c.), and perhaps from Italian siroppo, both from Arabic sharab "beverage, wine," literally "something drunk," from verb shariba "he drank" (cf. sherbet). Spanish jarabe, jarope, Old Provençal eissarop are from Arabic; Italian sciroppo is via Medieval Latin sirupus.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sirup in Medicine


(sĭrəp, sûr-)
  1. A concentrated solution of sugar in water, often used as a vehicle for medicine.
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