lather

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noun

lath·​er ˈla-t͟hər How to pronounce lather (audio)
1
a
: 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
lathery adjective

lather

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verb

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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to form a lather or a froth like lather
latherer 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 farmer lathered the recalcitrant mule
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Once water is applied, the hydrating shampoo is next and this stuff lathers. Jessica Cruel, Allure, 20 Feb. 2024 This shampoo bar lathers and works just as well without the extra packaging and space taken in the shower. Taylor Gumm, Rolling Stone, 31 Jan. 2024 The creamy formula lathers, spreads, and rinses out like a dream. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 14 Jan. 2024 The purple shampoo has an excellent lather, which helps make the application process even easier. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 18 Jan. 2024 The lightweight formula goes on almost like a curl cream, spreading easily along the scalp and strands without working into a lather. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 14 Jan. 2024 Water activates the light lather to melt away makeup and impurities. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 2 Nov. 2023 For scalp massagers, our testers used these tools during and after showers to apply an assortment of products to their scalp (such as oils, masks, etc.), and considered how the massager helped with soapy lathers, absorption, and more. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2023 Buy Now on Claus Porto: $120 Claus Porto Alto Mar Soap Each soap is made with a vegetable oil base, and infused with soybean oil and algae extract to keep skin smooth and soft, and the soap on a rope has a cotton cord that stays sturdily braided until its final lather. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 12 Sep. 2023
Verb
The couple’s kids, Delano, 9, and Sybil, 7, also joined for Myles’ milestone, as the Irish doodle puppy got lathered up. Erin Clements, Peoplemag, 26 Jan. 2024 Coach Steve Kerr is playing whack-a-mole with his lineups, trying to fill the gaping defensive void left by Green’s indefinite suspension while lathering up the right dynamic on offense. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, 5 Jan. 2024 After lathering, sit with the beer-egg mixture soaking your hair for five minutes and then rinse thoroughly—voila! Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The best way to use body wash is to lather it up in your slightly wet hands. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 14 Jan. 2024 The Number 4 Bonding Maintenance Shampoo lathered easily throughout my thick, wet hair strands. Essence, 11 Jan. 2024 The brand recommends lathering the shampoo, massaging it into the scalp, and leaving it for a few minutes before rinsing it out. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 18 Jan. 2024 The creamy texture turns into foam as tweens lather the fragrance-free and non-comedogenic formula. Katrina Cossey, Parents, 12 Jan. 2024 Simply lather it on before bed and wake up to a soft and supple pout. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 8 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Lather.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lather. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

lather

1 of 2 noun
lath·​er ˈlat͟h-ər How to pronounce lather (audio)
1
a
: foam formed when a detergent (as soap) is stirred or shaken in water
b
: foam from sweating (as on a horse)
2
: a highly nervous or excited state : dither
worked himself into a lather

lather

2 of 2 verb
lathered; lathering ˈlat͟h-(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce lather (audio)
1
: to spread lather over
2
: to form lather or a froth like lather

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