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lather

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noun lath·er \ˈla-thər\

Simple Definition of lather

  • : tiny bubbles formed from soap mixed with water

  • : a very upset, angry, or worried condition

Full Definition of lather

  1. 1 a :  a foam or froth formed when a detergent (as soap) is agitated in water b :  foam or froth from profuse sweating (as on a horse)

  2. 2 :  an agitated or overwrought state :  dither <worked himself into a lather>

lath·ery play \-th(ə-)rē\ adjective

Examples of lather

  1. The soap and water formed a lot of lather.

  2. The soap and water formed a lather.



Origin of lather

Middle English *lather, from Old English lēathor; akin to Latin lavere to wash — more at lye


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

Rhymes with lather


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lather

verb lath·er

Simple Definition of lather

  • : to spread lather over (something)

  • : to form lather

Full Definition of lather

lath·eredlath·er·ing play \-th(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to spread lather over

  3. 2 :  to beat severely :  flog

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to form a lather or a froth like lather

lath·er·er play \-thər-ər\ noun

Examples of lather

  1. He lathered his face before shaving.

  2. <the flinty rancher did not hesitate to lather a recalcitrant horse>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of lather

before 12th century



LATHER Defined for Kids

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lather

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noun lath·er \ˈla-thər\

Definition of lather

  1. 1 :  the foam made by stirring soap and water together

  2. 2 :  foam from sweating (as on a horse)




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lather

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verb lath·er

Definition of lather

lath·eredlath·er·ing

  1. 1 :  to spread soapy foam over <He lathered his hair.>

  2. 2 :  to form a foam <This soap lathers well.>





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