[ kech-uh p, kach- ]
/ ˈkɛtʃ əp, ˈkætʃ- /


a condiment consisting of puréed tomatoes, onions, vinegar, sugar, spices, etc.
any of various other condiments or sauces for meat, fish, etc.: mushroom ketchup; walnut ketchup.

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Origin of ketchup

1705–15; < Malay kəchap fish sauce, perhaps < dialectal Chinese kéjāp (Guangdong) or ke-tsiap (Xiamen), akin to Chinese qié eggplant + chī juice Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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catchup or catsup

/ (ˈkɛtʃəp) /


any of various piquant sauces containing vinegartomato ketchup

Word Origin for ketchup

C18: from Chinese (Amoy) kōetsiap brine of pickled fish, from kōe seafood + tsiap sauce
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