Definition of syrup in English:

syrup

(US sirup)

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A thick, sweet liquid made by dissolving sugar in boiling water, often used for preserving fruit.

    • ‘When the cake is nearly cooked, prepare syrup by dissolving the icing sugar in the lemon juice and boiling for 2 minutes.’
    • ‘Small tins of fruit with ring pulls make refreshing snacks, but choose the ones in fruit juice rather than in syrup.’
    • ‘During the war jam making was limited and the bottling was done in water instead of syrup and if necessary sugar was added very sparingly when the fruit was served.’
    • ‘Select canned fruit in its own juice or water, not heavy syrup, and frozen fruit without added sugar.’
    • ‘But I was quite happy with my hot milk, caramel syrup and whipped cream.’
    • ‘Next time, I'm just making a simple sugar syrup with vanilla, and drizzling that over it.’
    • ‘Frozen is usually preferable because canned fruits often contain heavy syrup.’
    • ‘Make a simple mint syrup by boiling sugar and water together for 5 minutes; cool.’
    • ‘It is the thick, sweet syrup often found in cans of fruit.’
    • ‘Drink a glass of milk - add a little chocolate syrup, if your parents say it's OK.’
    • ‘Seville orange segments or slices can be preserved in sweet syrup or alcohol, such as brandy, orange liqueur or vodka.’
    • ‘You can also add a rich brown sugar syrup to make it more like a desert.’
    • ‘So I basically looked like a bowl of strawberry ice-cream topped with chocolate syrup.’
    • ‘Drizzle the vanilla syrup around the plate and garnish with a white chocolate curl.’
    • ‘Candied fruits and fruits preserved in syrup are also traditional.’
    • ‘In a saucepan gently melt the butter then add the golden syrup and heat, stirring until thoroughly combined.’
    • ‘Stir in the ginger, reduce the heat and cook gently until the syrup thickens.’
    • ‘If you like the fragrance of mango and want your ice with more fruit than syrup, then this dish is a must on your first visit.’
    • ‘Mix brown sugar, reserved fruit syrup and the mustard and pour over ham and potatoes.’
    1. 1.1 A thick, sweet liquid containing medicine or used as a drink:
      ‘cough syrup’
      • ‘Most of the women who took one tablespoon of ginger syrup in water four times a day felt significantly less nauseated.’
      • ‘Recent examples of fake drugs include a meningitis vaccine made of tap water, paracetamol syrup made of industrial solvent and contraceptive pills made of wheat flour.’
      • ‘Supplementation procedure Each child was fed a teaspoon of syrup daily for 14 days and one capsule on day 14.’
      • ‘Store all medicines, whether tablets, inhalers, or syrup, out of reach of children, and preferably in a locked cupboard, even if they have child resistant lids.’
      • ‘Drinking this heavy syrup will thin your mucous and actually reduce viscosity within your own body.’
      • ‘I remember (when all this was fields) when I was ill as a younger thing, we'd be given Veno's cough mixture or Buttercup syrup.’
      • ‘The placebo group received 5 ml placebo syrup daily for 14 days and a placebo capsule on day 14.’
      • ‘This type of sedation involves swallowing sedative tablets or syrup.’
      • ‘Some also include tetracycline syrup in the mixture.’
      • ‘Immediately after their births, the baby boys were given anti-HIV medicine known as HIV syrup.’
      • ‘The number of capsules or tablets or teaspoonfuls of solution or syrup that you take depends on the strength of the medicine.’
      • ‘An attendant administered the syrup daily for four months except on Sundays, when the mother administered it.’
      • ‘The typical antipsychotics are taken as tablets or syrup.’
      • ‘The usefulness of syrup of ipecac as a home treatment for poisoning has been increasingly challenged, and many poison centers no longer recommend its use.’
      • ‘He choked down the thick syrup and drank a cup of water to balance the taste.’
      • ‘Simple cough mixtures contain ingredients known as demulcents, for example glycerin, honey and syrup.’
      • ‘Clinical studies have shown that a mean of 30 percent of a toxin is recovered when ipecac syrup is administered within one hour of ingestion.’
      • ‘We examined the proportion of methadone prescriptions per year issued as oral syrup, tablets, or injectable ampoules to identify any change of professional practice.’
      • ‘Boxes of medicines, varying from children's syrup to Viagra and antiretrovirals, were found in the warehouse.’
      • ‘Anyway, my first visit to this new GP was terminated with a bottle of laxative syrup, presumably to clear whatever blockage was causing my symptoms.’
    2. 1.2 A thick, sticky liquid obtained from sugar cane as part of the processing of sugar.
      • ‘But probably the best recognised is the black syrup left after processing, known as molasses.’
      • ‘Molasses is a byproduct of the sugar refining process, it is the thick syrup you get when you boil down the sugar cane juices to extract sugar.’
      • ‘Sticky rice prepared with coconut milk and sugarcane syrup is wrapped in banana leaves.’
      • ‘The sugar syrup would then be processed to extract a liquid sucrose for sale to U.S. food processors for use in breakfast cereal, ice cream, and candy.’
    3. 1.3 Excessive sweetness or sentimentality of style or manner:
      ‘Mr Gurney's poems are almost all of them syrup’
      • ‘Jill dripped her words with syrup and the sweetness in her tone made the guard nauseous.’
  • 2British informal A wig:

    ‘he has been bald for the past twenty years, his shame concealed by a syrup of some opulence’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French sirop or medieval Latin siropus, from Arabic šarāb beverage; compare with sherbet and shrub.

Pronunciation:

syrup

/ˈsɪrəp/