or sir·up

[ sir-uh p, sur- ]
/ ˈsɪr əp, ˈsɜr- /


any of various thick, sweet liquids prepared for table use from molasses, glucose, etc., water, and often a flavoring agent.
any of various preparations consisting of fruit juices, water, etc., boiled with sugar: raspberry syrup.
Pharmacology. a concentrated sugar solution that contains medication or flavoring.

verb (used with object)

to bring to the form or consistency of syrup.
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


syr·up·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for syrup

/ (ˈsɪrəp) /


verb (tr)

to bring to the consistency of syrup
to cover, fill, or sweeten with syrup
Ancient name: sirup

Derived forms of syrup

syrup-like, adjective

Word Origin for syrup

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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Medical definitions for syrup

[ sĭrəp, sûr- ]


A concentrated solution of sugar in water, often used as a vehicle for medicine.
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