Word and Phrase Origins

What is the origin of the word ketchup?

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2015-01-26 16:09:58

The words "ketchup" and "catsup" both come from the Malay word

"kechap," from the Chinese word "ketsiap," a sauce made from

fermented fish and brine. Pickled fish sauce may not sound all that

appealing on french fries, but the Malay word "kechap" itself

really only meant "taste." After the word migrated into English in

the 17th century (as "catchup," still an accepted spelling), it was

applied to a variety of sauces and condiments. It was only with the

importation of the tomato to Europe from its native habitat in

South America that what we now know as ketchup was born. Modern

ketchup is made of tomato sauce, vinegar, sugar and spices


It originates from Cantonese.

From k'e chapwhich means, "tomato juice."

The origin of the word ketchup is from the greek word "ket" meaning


It comes from the Indish 'katyup' for a spicy sauce

Ketchup is an English word. It may derive from a word in the

Malayan language kechap, a sauce of fish origin. A Chinese word

koe-chiap, also a fish based sauce, may be the earliest origin.

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