noun lath·er \ˈla-thər\

: tiny bubbles formed from soap mixed with water

: a very upset, angry, or worried condition

Full Definition of LATHER

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)
:  an agitated or overwrought state :  dither <worked himself into a lather>
lath·ery \-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

Related to LATHER

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

Rhymes with LATHER



: to spread lather over (something)

: to form lather

lath·eredlath·er·ing \-th(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of LATHER

transitive verb
:  to spread lather over
:  to beat severely :  flog
intransitive verb
:  to form a lather or a froth like lather
lath·er·er \-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>

First Known Use of LATHER

before 12th century

Rhymes with LATHER


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