froth

noun
\ ˈfrȯth How to pronounce froth (audio) \
plural froths\ ˈfrȯths How to pronounce froths (audio) , 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 How to pronounce froth (audio) , ˈfrȯt͟h How to pronounce froth (audio) \
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

The bottle’s front label, done in the style of a vintage comic book, might lead you to wonder if the wine is all froth and no substance; but rest assured that its light-touch packaging houses a skillfully crafted pour. Ellen Bhang, BostonGlobe.com, "Fizzy summer wines offer lighthearted refreshment," 29 July 2019 But a word of warning: This industry is prone to froth. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "CrowdStrike IPO: Investors Are Positively CrowdStruck—Cyber Saturday," 15 June 2019 According to quantum theory, particles are merely bubbles of froth, kicked up by underlying fields. Quanta Magazine, "How Feynman Diagrams Almost Saved Space," 5 July 2016 It’s no housing bubble but the financial system has been creating froth of a different kind. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "The economic expansion is poised to be the longest ever. Will it die or get a second wind?," 16 June 2019 Sink into the warmth of the whisky and the froth of the TV. Leila Aboulela, Harper's magazine, "Whisky Lullaby," 10 Jan. 2019 To keep the lid on home-price froth, the authorities pressured banks to curb mortgage loans, raised mortgage interest rates, and increased the requirements for down payments. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "China’s debt disease might wreck its uncrashable housing market," 11 June 2019 Here, the froth of arms, legs and tubby torsos belongs to a doll-size version of BFF, one of KAWS’s cartoonlike characters; other pieces in the collection feature his take on Snoopy. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "A Furniture Collaboration That’s Irresistible," 4 Dec. 2018 October 2018’s love language whips and froths our deepest desires into a delicious foam. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Monthly Lovescopes October 2018," 3 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Both of my models came with a milk-frothing attachment for cappuccinos and lattes, and as well as hot water attachment. Jeffrey Van Camp, WIRED, "Are Super Automatic Espresso Machines Worth It?," 21 July 2019 John Brancy infused Magnussen with a frothing intensity. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Meredith Monk’s “ATLAS” and the L.A. Phil’s Extraordinary Season," 24 June 2019 The controversial idea that our universe is just a random bubble in an endless, frothing multiverse arises logically from nature’s most innocuous-seeming feature: empty space. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Tiny Weight of Empty Space Is Such a Huge Mystery," 12 Mar. 2018 The currents then slammed the raft into a hole, like a giant frothing cappuccino with no visible bottom — sucking it sideways and under. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "A run through Colorado’s Yampa whitewater reveals the wildness that remains. But will the West’s rivers survive urban demands?," 23 June 2019 Horrifying videos showed the world children gasping for breath, victims frothing at the mouth, and discolored corpses without visible wounds. Charles Glass, Harper's magazine, "“Tell Me How This Ends”," 10 Feb. 2019 The theory — which was pioneered in the 1980s by Alan Guth, Andrei Linde, Aleksei Starobinsky and (of all people) Steinhardt, almost automatically leads to the hypothesis that our universe is a random bubble in an infinite, frothing multiverse sea. Quanta Magazine, "How the Universe Got Its Bounce Back," 31 Jan. 2018 The squash is picked from fields of frothing cosmos; the honey is harvested from bees fed on marigolds; the yak meat is bought from farmers and stirred into warming noodle broths. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Your Next Trip to Nepal, Rent the House Sir Edmund Hillary Loved," 20 Dec. 2018 With the news that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is splitting from his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie, folks are frothing at the mouth considering how the divorce may affect his finances. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Has An Insane Real Estate Portfolio," 12 Jan. 2019

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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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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 How to pronounce froth (audio) \

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 How to pronounce froth (audio) \
plural froths\ ˈfrȯths How to pronounce froths (audio) , ˈfrȯt͟hz How to pronounce froths (audio) \

Medical Definition of froth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a foamy slaver sometimes accompanying disease or exhaustion
\ ˈfrȯth How to pronounce froth (audio) , ˈfrȯt͟h How to pronounce froth (audio) \

Medical Definition of froth (Entry 2 of 2)

: to foam at the mouth

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