lather

noun
lath·​er | \ ˈla-t͟hər How to pronounce lather (audio) \

Definition of lather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a foam or froth formed when a detergent (such as soap) is agitated in water
b : foam or froth from profuse sweating (as on a horse)
2 : an agitated or overwrought state : dither worked himself into a lather

lather

verb
lathered; lathering\ ˈla-​t͟h(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce lather (audio) \

Definition of lather (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to spread lather over
2 : to beat severely : flog

intransitive verb

: to form a lather or a froth like lather

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Other Words from lather

Noun

lathery \ ˈla-​t͟h(ə-​)rē How to pronounce lather (audio) \ adjective

Verb

latherer \ ˈla-​t͟hər-​ər How to pronounce lather (audio) \ noun

Examples of lather in a Sentence

Noun The soap and water formed a lot of lather. The soap and water formed a lather. Verb He lathered his face before shaving. the flinty rancher did not hesitate to lather a recalcitrant horse
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The pair also recommends using a soft cloth, such as a microfiber towel, smooth rag, or gentle sponge to work the cleaner into a soapy lather before simply rinsing away. Adrienne Jordan, House Beautiful, 19 May 2021 This moisturizing shaving gel provides a thick lather and contains a calming chamomile extract along with vitamin E and aloe to help soothe irritation for a soft shave. Tim Kohut, BGR, 17 May 2021 Basically, the market got worked up into a lather earlier this year about inflation, research firm Briefing.com said, and the Fed has bought itself some time with its recent messaging. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Afterwards, lather on a moisturizer and maybe even throw in a quick foot massage to give your feet the works. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, 9 Apr. 2021 Work the lather through the brush hairs then rinse well, squeeze out the remaining water and allow to air-dry. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2021 Combine a few drops of each into a bowl of warm water and allow the beauty blender to soak for a few minutes before working into a lather. Heather Roy, chicagotribune.com, 18 Mar. 2021 Use saddle bar soap or paste and a small amount of water to create a lather and sponge it over the saddle. Jennifer Blair, chicagotribune.com, 22 Mar. 2021 The soap is made with rose geranium, whose leaves mimic the scent of rose, and produces a frothy lather that can be used for shaving. New York Times, 8 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After losing out on an entire summer to the pandemic last year, Americans are eager to lather up with sunscreen and head to their nearest beaches now that vaccines have stifled coronavirus transmission in the U.S. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 8 June 2021 Don’t forget to lather on the sunscreen and perhaps bring a festive beach cruiser, just for kicks. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 29 May 2021 Sunday’s hot temperatures will likely serve as a good reminder to most people to lather up on SPF. Washington Post, 1 May 2021 Of course, coaches lather the issue with their concerns for the ‘’well-being’’ of their players. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 15 Apr. 2021 Washing your hands seems pretty basic—wet hands, apply soap, lather up, rinse. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 13 Aug. 2020 Using an abundance of your oil, ointment, or cream, lather up your hands and massage them for 30 seconds to help with absorption. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, 20 Dec. 2020 Scrape the fatty marrow from huge white veal bones, and lather the greasy stuff on toast. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, 20 Nov. 2020 Do not use a washcloth, sponge or loofah, just gently lather with your hands. Dr. Eric Rudnick, sun-sentinel.com, 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of lather

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for lather

Noun

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

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The first known use of lather was before the 12th century

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31 May 2021

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“Lather.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lather. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for lather

lather

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: tiny bubbles formed from soap mixed with water
informal : a very upset, angry, or worried condition

lather

verb

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

: to spread lather over (something)
: to form lather

lather

noun
lath·​er | \ ˈla-t͟hər How to pronounce lather (audio) \

Kids Definition of lather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the foam made by stirring soap and water together
2 : foam from sweating (as on a horse)

lather

verb
lathered; lathering

Kids Definition of lather (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to spread soapy foam over He lathered his hair.
2 : to form a foam This soap lathers well.

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