• IPA: /ˈkɛtʃ.əp/, /ˈkɛtʃ.ʌp/


  1. (uncountable) A tomato-vinegar-based sauce.
    1. (US standard of identity) A food comprising tomato concentrate and any of vinegar, sweetener, spices, flavoring, onion and garlic.
  2. (countable) Such a sauce more generally (not necessarily based on tomatoes).
    fish ketchup; fruit ketchup; mushroom ketchup
Translations Verb

ketchup (ketchups, present participle ketchupping; past and past participle ketchupped)

  1. (transitive) To cover with ketchup.
    • 1867, John Maddison Morton, Aunt Charlotte's maid: a farce in one act
      It strikes me she's "ketchupped" the lot! I won't touch a morsel!
    • 1973, Horizon (page 15)
      "Well," said Chuck, ketchupping his hamburger, "I'd rather do without King Lear than put up with the human agony it sprang out of. I'd rather not have the Eroica than have the big bloody conqueror it tries to immortalize."
    • 2009, David Silverman, Twinkle (page 4)
      Their fellow diners, like their ketchupped grub, were appropriately dashed and splattered with paint and plaster, reading their Suns and Daily Mirror.

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