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or sir·up

[sir-uh p, sur-]
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  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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to bring to the form or consistency of syrup.
  2. to cover, fill, or sweeten with syrup.
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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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Related Words for syrup

molasses, treacle, glucose, sorghum

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British Dictionary definitions for 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
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verb (tr)
  1. to bring to the consistency of syrup
  2. to cover, fill, or sweeten with syrup
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Ancient name: sirup
Derived Formssyrup-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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Word Origin and History for syrup


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.

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syrup in Medicine


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