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treacle (ˈtriːkəl



  1. Also called: : black treacle (British) a dark viscous syrup obtained during the refining of sugar
  2. (British) another name for golden syrup
  3. anything sweet and cloying
  4. (obsolete) any of various preparations used as an antidote to poisoning

Derived Forms

ˈtreacly  adjective
ˈtreacliness  noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French triacle, from Latin thēriaca antidote to poison

Translations for 'treacle'

  • British English: treacle Treacle is a thick, sweet, sticky liquid that is obtained from sugar. It is used in making cakes and puddings.ˈtriːkl NOUN
  • Arabic: دِبْسُ السُكَّر
  • Brazilian Portuguese: melaço
  • Chinese: 糖蜜
  • Croatian: šećerni sirup
  • Czech: melasa
  • Danish: sirup
  • Dutch: stroop
  • European Spanish: melaza
  • Finnish: siirappi
  • French: mélasse
  • German: Sirup
  • Greek: μελάσα
  • Italian: melassa
  • Japanese: 糖蜜
  • Korean: 당밀
  • Norwegian: melasse
  • Polish: melasa
  • Portuguese: melaço
  • Romanian: melasă melase
  • Russian: патока
  • Spanish: melaza
  • Swedish: melass
  • Thai: น้ำเชื่อม
  • Turkish: melas
  • Ukrainian: патока
  • Vietnamese: mật đường

Example Sentences Including 'treacle'

On a shelf inside the door was a newly baked treacle parkin.
Leeson, Robert The Third Class Genie
I struggled across Warwick Road, which was thick with traffic moving sluggishly north like a stream of treacle.
Taylor, Andy Toy Shop
It was like swimming through treacle , testing Todd's endurance as well as his powers of persuasion.
St. James, Ian Final Resort


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