from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of ketchup.

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  • n. Alternative form of ketchup.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as catchup, and ketchup.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as catchup.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. thick spicy sauce made from tomatoes


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  • Cutting school funding using deceptive practices, like declaring catsup is a vegetable?

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  • So the catsup was a rare item, but a valued prize nonetheless.

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  • I wonder if using catsup, which is quite high in vinegar, would have been better.

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  • If you'll believe me, that woman once turned her second-cousin's sister-in-law into a mushroom, and somebody picked her, and she was made into catsup, which is a thing no man likes to have happen in his family!

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  • Back in the 60s (I think), tomato sauce was called "catsup," and the definition of great catsup was its low viscosity (i.e. it poured really easily, was very thin and watery).


  • In the wake of a wreck at Caplin Bay, a number of cases labeled "catsup" were washed up on the beach.

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  • Anyway, it's an important phrase -- if you're writing a poem and you need a word to rhyme with "catsup," it's about as close as you're going to get.

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  • And Weldon, of course, from New Brunswick, Canada, writes: "Teresa would be like the 'catsup' bottle, where you have to shake for it a while to get that first drop."

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  • _Foods that are hot when they are cold_ -- such as catsup, horse radish, mustard, highly spiced pickles, sauces, etc.

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  • * Heinz Fancy Ketchup packets were replaced with a vat of "catsup" for students to ladle onto their trays.


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  • "By the second half of the eighteenth century, thick gravies and cullises were giving way to catsups, or catchups: home-prepared sauces used as instant flavours for melted butter, or to enliven a stew or made dish. Hannah Glasse had given an early recipe for a sauce of anchovies, shallots, stale beer, mushrooms and spices all boiled together and reduced. Walnut catsup was now popular, and mushroom catsup was made from large mushrooms left to lie in salt overnight, then stewed and strained through a coarse cloth, the liquid simmered with ginger, pepper, mace and cloves until it had reduced to a thick syrup....

    They caught on so fast that by the 1780s home-made catsups in bottles were being slipped into cruet frames at the dining table, adorned with silver neck labels. They were useful, but catsups did also mark the beginning of a decline in culinary skills in Britain and the relinquishing of centuries of pride in the slow refinement of a perfect sauce."

    --Kate Colquhoun, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (NY: Bloomsbury, 2007), 219

    January 18, 2017

  • I like this spelling too.

    October 6, 2008

  • Also spelled "ketchup".

    October 6, 2008