Definition of syrup in English:


(US sirup)


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

    • ‘But I was quite happy with my hot milk, caramel syrup and whipped cream.’
    • ‘Stir in the ginger, reduce the heat and cook gently until the syrup thickens.’
    • ‘Next time, I'm just making a simple sugar syrup with vanilla, and drizzling that over it.’
    • ‘So I basically looked like a bowl of strawberry ice-cream topped with chocolate syrup.’
    • ‘Mix brown sugar, reserved fruit syrup and the mustard and pour over ham and potatoes.’
    • ‘Frozen is usually preferable because canned fruits often contain heavy syrup.’
    • ‘Small tins of fruit with ring pulls make refreshing snacks, but choose the ones in fruit juice rather than in syrup.’
    • ‘It is the thick, sweet syrup often found in cans of fruit.’
    • ‘In a saucepan gently melt the butter then add the golden syrup and heat, stirring until thoroughly combined.’
    • ‘When the cake is nearly cooked, prepare syrup by dissolving the icing sugar in the lemon juice and boiling for 2 minutes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Select canned fruit in its own juice or water, not heavy syrup, and frozen fruit without added sugar.’
    • ‘Drink a glass of milk - add a little chocolate syrup, if your parents say it's OK.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You can also add a rich brown sugar syrup to make it more like a desert.’
    • ‘Seville orange segments or slices can be preserved in sweet syrup or alcohol, such as brandy, orange liqueur or vodka.’
    • ‘Candied fruits and fruits preserved in syrup are also traditional.’
    • ‘Drizzle the vanilla syrup around the plate and garnish with a white chocolate curl.’
    • ‘Make a simple mint syrup by boiling sugar and water together for 5 minutes; cool.’
    1. 1.1A thick, sweet liquid containing medicine or used as a drink.
      ‘cough syrup’
      • ‘We examined the proportion of methadone prescriptions per year issued as oral syrup, tablets, or injectable ampoules to identify any change of professional practice.’
      • ‘The typical antipsychotics are taken as tablets or syrup.’
      • ‘The placebo group received 5 ml placebo syrup daily for 14 days and a placebo capsule on day 14.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Immediately after their births, the baby boys were given anti-HIV medicine known as HIV syrup.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some also include tetracycline syrup in the mixture.’
      • ‘He choked down the thick syrup and drank a cup of water to balance the taste.’
      • ‘An attendant administered the syrup daily for four months except on Sundays, when the mother administered it.’
      • ‘The number of capsules or tablets or teaspoonfuls of solution or syrup that you take depends on the strength of the medicine.’
      • ‘Supplementation procedure Each child was fed a teaspoon of syrup daily for 14 days and one capsule on day 14.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Boxes of medicines, varying from children's syrup to Viagra and antiretrovirals, were found in the warehouse.’
      • ‘This type of sedation involves swallowing sedative tablets or syrup.’
      • ‘Simple cough mixtures contain ingredients known as demulcents, for example glycerin, honey and syrup.’
      • ‘Most of the women who took one tablespoon of ginger syrup in water four times a day felt significantly less nauseated.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2A 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3Excessive 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’


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