cough syrup


a medicated, syruplike fluid, usually flavored and nonnarcotic or mildly narcotic, for relieving coughs or soothing irritated throats.

Origin of cough syrup

First recorded in 1875–80
Also called cough medicine. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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cough syrup


A sweetened medicated liquid taken orally to ease coughing.
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