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

  • n. Variant of syllabub.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of syllabub.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dish made by mixing wine or cider with milk, and thus forming a soft curd; also, sweetened cream, flavored with wine and beaten to a stiff froth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See sillibub.

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

  • n. spiced hot milk with rum or wine
  • n. sweetened cream beaten with wine or liquor


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  • (noun) - (1) A drink made of stale beer or wine, sweeten'd with sugar and milk strained into it from the cow.

    --John Kersey's New English Dictionary, 1772

    (2) A frothy food to be slapped or slubbered up, prepared by milking from the cow into a vessel containing wine or spirits . . . The word is a corruption of slap-up or slub-up . . . and is the exact equivalent of Low German slabb' ut, Swiss schlabutz, watery food, spoon-meat, explained as to slap, lap or sup up food with a certain noise.

    --Hensleigh Wedgwood's Dictionary of English Etymology, 1878

    (3) Curds made by milking into vinegar. This word has exercised the etymologists. John Minshew thinks it corrupted from swillingbubbles . . . Henshaw deduces it from the Dutch sulle, a pipe, and buyck, a paunch, because sillabubs are commonly drunk through a spout, out of a jug . . . It seems more probably derived from . . . old English esil a bouc, vinegar for the mouth.

    --Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, 1755

    (4) Selibub . . . is good to coole a cholerick stomacke.

    --Thomas Cogan's Haven of Health, 1584

    January 16, 2018

  • Also syllabub.

    February 5, 2009

  • A frothy food to be slaped' or 'slubbered up'; prepared by milking from the cow into a vessel containing wine, spirits, spice, et al.

    Hensleigh Wegdwood, Dictionary of English Etymology, 1878

    "Selibub... is goode to coole a cholerick stomacke"

    Thoomas Cogan, Haven of Health, 1584

    February 4, 2009