- contrived or unrestrained sentimentality: a movie plot of the most shameless treacle.
- molasses, especially that which is drained from the vats used in sugar refining.
- Also called golden syrup.a mild mixture of molasses, corn syrup, etc., used in cooking or as a table syrup.
- Pharmacology Obsolete. any of various medicinal compounds, formerly used as antidotes for poison.
Origin of treacle
Examples from the Web for treacle
Contemporary Examples of treacle
It dripped down from my head to my toes in slow motion, as if treacle had been poured over me.I Was Australia’s Anna Wintour
April 3, 2014
His treacle paintings simultaneously evoke heaven, Candy Land—that beloved childhood board game—and a Katy Perry video.Inside Will Cotton's Candy World
November 2, 2011
Historical Examples of treacle
Treacle, you hear: and for that matter, Martha has no jam to give!Night and Morning, Complete
These may be served with jam, treacle, butter and sugar, or with a sweet sauce.The Skilful Cook
Add two table-spoonfuls of treacle to a pint of milk, and when ready to boil, stir it briskly over the fire till it curdles.
Meg, if you start in your honest-English vein, I shall throw the treacle at you.Howards End
E. M. Forster
Round, like a—like a washing-flannel, and swimming in treacle.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
- Also called: black treacle British a dark viscous syrup obtained during the refining of sugar
- British another name for golden syrup
- anything sweet and cloying
- obsolete any of various preparations used as an antidote to poisoning
Word Origin for treacle
mid-14c., "medicinal compound, antidote for poison," from Old French triacle "antidote" (c.1200), from Vulgar Latin *triacula, from Latin theriaca, from Greek theriake (antidotos) "antidote for poisonous wild animals," from fem. of theriakos "of a wild animal," from therion "wild animal," diminutive of ther (genitive theros) "wild animal," from PIE root *ghwer- "wild" (see fierce).
Sense of "molasses" is first recorded 1690s; that of "anything too sweet or sentimental" is from 1771. The connection may be from the use of molasses as a laxative, or its use to disguise the bad taste of medicine.