froth

noun
\ ˈfrȯth \
plural froths\ˈfrȯths, ˈfrȯt͟hz \

Definition of froth 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : bubbles formed in or on a liquid : foam

b : a foamy slaver sometimes accompanying disease or exhaustion

2 : something resembling froth (as in being unsubstantial, worthless, or light and airy)

froth

verb
\ ˈfrȯth , ˈfrȯt͟h \
frothed; frothing; froths

Definition of froth (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to foam at the mouth

2 : to throw froth out or up

3 : to become covered with or as if with froth whole groves froth with nodding blossoms —Amy Lovejoy

transitive verb

1 : to cause to foam

2 : to cover with froth

3 : vent, voice

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Synonyms for froth

Synonyms: Noun

foam, head, lather, spume, suds, surf

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Examples of froth in a Sentence

Noun

news shows full of froth froth on the ocean waves

Verb

The water frothed as the waves broke along the shore.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Faced with the looming consequences of a decade-long borrowing binge, the Chinese government is intensifying its efforts stamp out risky lending and speculative froth from the world’s second-largest economy. New York Times, "With Jail Sentences and Corporate Flameouts, China Is Tackling Its Debt," 10 May 2018 For all the froth surrounding the idea of 3D printing half a decade ago, actual 3D printers were disappointing: most consumers didn’t want the things that 3D printers made, and manufacturers wanted things that 3D printers couldn’t make at all. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "3D Printing Is the Future of Factories (for Real This Time)," 11 July 2018 With its sky-high valuation, the software maker would appear to be a poster child for froth amid a nine-year bull run. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "What's a stock worth? In the new economy, traditional accounting has its critics," 8 June 2018 Maintaining an unrelentingly gleeful grip on the film’s tone, Mr. Sigurdsson skillfully whips absurdist comedy and chilling tragedy into a froth of surging hostilities. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: An Icelandic Suburb Hides Deep Dysfunction ‘Under the Tree’," 5 July 2018 When the froth dissolves, only a third of the glass is left. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "The Boarder," 30 Apr. 2018 Everyone thought they were engaged in June 2017 Once people noticed the matching diamond rings the two were rocking, rumors started to froth and bubble like a steaming vat of Polyjuice Potion. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "6 Things You Need to Know About Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott's Relationship," 21 June 2018 There was a time during the American presidential campaign and in the early months of the Trump presidency when Mr. Trump’s anti-Mexico utterances could whip this nation into a froth of patriotic outrage. New York Times, "Why Is Trump ‘Not Important’ in Mexico Election? All Candidates Are Against Him," 3 June 2018 Pompeo also claimed that withdrawing froth #IranDeal & pursing a better deal is in the interest of US national security & prevents proliferation in the region. Alex Ward, Vox, "Mike Pompeo just proved the Trump administration has no plan B for Iran," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Flyers will put it all together in one of the games at a frothing Wells Fargo Center, at which point, message sent, the two-time defending champs will find a way to stabilize the ship. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs: SI Staffers Make Postseason Predictions," 11 Apr. 2018 Try Costanera’s classic Pisco Sour ($12), gently frothed and sprinkled with cinnamon, or the chicha version ($13), colored by sweet purple corn juice. Jeanne Cooper, SFChronicle.com, "Where to watch the sunset with a cocktail around Half Moon Bay," 11 July 2018 Starbucks first introduced its cold foam back in April, describing the drink topper as nonfat milk frothed in a special blender until smooth. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Starbucks Unveils New Salted Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew and Iced Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte," 9 July 2018 Witnesses told British media outlets that, before losing consciousness, Rowley and Sturgess were frothing at the mouth, hallucinating, and incoherent. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Second Novichok poisoning in Britain raises alarm, questions over contamination," 5 July 2018 Witnesses told the British press that the couple — identified as Charlie Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44 — were frothing at the mouth and incoherent before lapsing into coma. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "After latest nerve agent poisoning, Britain demands that Russia explain ‘what has gone on’," 5 July 2018 The ‘90s had Felicity, with her University of New York friends, a gig frothing up $4 cappuccinos (price adjusted for inflation) at Dean & DeLuca, and a love triangle for the ages. refinery29.com, "Sweetbitter Premiere: Welcome To New York," 7 May 2018 Support for every war has been frothed by calls of patriotism. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Americans celebrate Independence Day, what does it mean to be a patriot?," 2 July 2018 The ad ran for a week, frothing public interest in the subject. Joy Lanzendorfer, Longreads, "Ghost Writer: The Story of Patience Worth, the Posthumous Author," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of froth

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for froth

Noun

Middle English, from Old Norse frotha; akin to Old English āfrēothan to froth

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Phrases Related to froth

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The first known use of froth was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for froth

froth

noun

English Language Learners Definition of froth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: bubbles that form in or on a liquid

: something that is appealing but that has no serious value or interest

froth

verb

English Language Learners Definition of froth (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce or form froth

froth

noun
\ ˈfrȯth \

Kids Definition of froth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: bubbles formed in or on liquids

froth

verb
frothed; frothing

Kids Definition of froth (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce or form bubbles in or on a liquid

froth

noun
\ ˈfrȯth \
plural froths\ˈfrȯths, ˈfrȯt͟hz \

Medical Definition of froth 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a foamy slaver sometimes accompanying disease or exhaustion

\ ˈfrȯth , ˈfrȯt͟h \

Medical Definition of froth (Entry 2 of 2)

: to foam at the mouth

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