From Middle English sirup, from Old French sirop, from Medieval Latin siruppus, syrupus, from Arabic شَرَاب (šarāb, “a drink, beverage, wine, coffee, syrup”), from شَرِبَ (šariba, “to drink”). Related to sorbet, sherbet. Compare French sirop, Italian siroppo, Spanish jarabe, jarope, Portuguese xarope and Dutch siroop.
The first known use of the spelling sirup was in the 14th century.
- Any thick liquid that is added to or poured over food as a flavouring and has a high sugar content. Also any viscous liquid.
- maple syrup
- pancake syrup
- peaches in syrup
- (Cockney rhyming slang; shortened from syrup of figs) A wig.