What does ketchup mean?

Definitions for ketchupˈkɛtʃ əp, ˈkætʃ-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ketchup.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. catsup, ketchup, cetchup, tomato ketchup(noun)

    thick spicy sauce made from tomatoes


  1. ketchup(Noun)

    A tomato-vinegar based sauce.

  2. ketchup(Noun)

    Such a sauce more generally (not necessarily based on tomatoes), or a specific brand or kind of such sauce u2013 see usage notes below.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ketchup(noun)

    a sauce. See Catchup

  2. Origin: [Probably of East Indian origin, because it was originally a kind of East Indian pickles. Cf. also Malay kchap fish sauce. MW10.]


  1. Ketchup

    Ketchup is a sweet and tangy sauce, typically made from tomatoes, vinegar, a sweetener, and assorted seasonings and spices. The sweetener is most commonly sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. Seasonings vary by recipe, but commonly include onions, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, garlic, and celery. Ketchup is often used as a condiment with various dishes, usually served hot, including french fries, hamburgers, sandwiches, hotdogs and grilled or fried meat. Ketchup is sometimes used as a basis or ingredient for other sauces and dressings.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ketchup

    kech′up, n. a sauce for flavouring soups, meats, &c., flavoured with mushrooms, tomatoes, &c.—Also Catch′up, Cat′sup. [East Ind. kitjap.]

Editors Contribution

  1. ketchup

    A type of sauce and food product created and processed in various red food colors, flavors, ingredients, recipes and substances. sold in a bottle, sachet, pod or container.

    Some people love to use ketchup on a wide variety of food and put it into other recipes.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ketchup in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ketchup in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Karlee Daubeney:

    At first I was in a state of panic and I was looking for anything that could have opened the door, i was trying to write ‘ help ’ on pieces of cardboard to slide under the door. I think it was with ketchup or mayonnaise.

  2. Damon Gameau:

    The film is all about the hidden sugars. One tablespoon of barbeque sauce has 2 teaspoons of sugar in it. Things like ketchup have a teaspoon of sugar in 1 tablespoon. Low-fat mayonnaises, pasta sauces are [all] full of sugar, and they’re things that people would never consider.

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