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[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
Related forms
syruplike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for syrup
  • Use a sweet fruit juice, juice concentrate or rice syrup in place of white sugar.
  • In sweet home-canned goods the goal is to make something that jells, lest you bottle syrup.
  • We have some that are so sweet the syrup stands in the pan where they are baked.
  • Rice syrup's thick, viscous nature allows foods made with it to firm up unlike runnier sweet liquids such as maple syrup.
  • Mint syrup is excellent in iced tea and lemonade too.
  • Add some syrup and reminders about how to seek help and send.
  • My kids only bathe when the dirt is visible or when syrup gets in their hair.
  • Whole wheat bread has corn syrup, and frequently honey too.
  • Drug marketers know many people prefer medicines in syrup form.
  • Its primary ingredients are sugar, corn syrup, color and binders.
British Dictionary definitions for syrup


a solution of sugar dissolved in water and often flavoured with fruit juice: used for sweetening fruit, etc
any of various thick sweet liquids prepared for cooking or table use from molasses, sugars, etc
a liquid medicine containing a sugar solution for flavouring or preservation
(informal) cloying sentimentality
(Brit, slang) a wig
verb (transitive)
to bring to the consistency of syrup
to cover, fill, or sweeten with syrup
Ancient name sirup
Derived Forms
syrup-like, adjective
Word Origin
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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syrup in Medicine

syrup syr·up (sĭr'əp, sûr'-)
A concentrated solution of sugar in water, often used as a vehicle for medicine.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for syrup



Synchronism; synchronization (1929+)


To synchronize: Let's sync our plans, okay? (1950s+)

Related Terms

in sync, lip-sync, out of sync

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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