ketch·​up ˈke-chəp How to pronounce ketchup (audio) ˈka- How to pronounce ketchup (audio)
: a seasoned pureed condiment usually made from tomatoes

Examples of ketchup in a Sentence

She put ketchup on her hamburger.
Recent Examples on the Web Mustard and ketchup smothering the dog don’t just add a familiar taste. Michael Deeds, Idaho Statesman, 6 Feb. 2024 Add ketchup and 1/4 cup water and cook, stirring frequently, until fond begins to form on bottom of pot and mixture has thickened, about 6 minutes. Andrea Weigl, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The cheeky menu even offers an option to send ketchup to the neighboring — and famously anti-ketchup — Father’s Office, listed at market price, while the also-playful cocktails include riffs on glühwein and espresso martinis. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2024 Others take a messier approach and use a paper towel to smear the ketchup all over the counter, creating a bigger mess than before. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 26 Jan. 2024 Ketchup, for instance, is a shear-thickening non-Newtonian fluid, which is one reason smacking the bottom of the bottle doesn't make the ketchup come out any faster; the application of force increases the viscosity. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 5 Dec. 2023 To really load this stew with hamburger flavor, our Test Kitchen professionals added ketchup and dry mustard. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 1 Dec. 2023 Start with a generous helping of mayonnaise and combine with dashes of pantry staples like ketchup, chili sauce (more commonly known as sriracha), lemon juice, smoked paprika, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce (choose your favorite!), salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and dry mustard. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 22 Jan. 2024 Mustard, ketchup and sliced pickles cover the bottom half of that bun as the rest of the scrumptious package is prepared. Mike Hendricks, Kansas City Star, 19 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


borrowed, directly or via Malay kecap (phonetically kətʃap) "fish sauce," from Southern Min (Chinese dialects of southeast Fujian) kôe-chiap (Xiamen), kê-chiap (Zhangzhou), from kôe, kê "salted or pickled fish or shellfish" + chiap "juice, sap"

First Known Use

circa 1690, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ketchup was circa 1690

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“Ketchup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants also catchup
or catsup
ˈkech-əp How to pronounce ketchup (audio)
: a thick seasoned sauce usually made from tomatoes

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