lather

noun
lath·er | \ ˈla-t͟hər \

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 \

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 \ adjective

Verb

latherer \ˈla-t͟hər-ər \ 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

Just throw a few in the sink with whatever needs washing, then lather, rinse, and air-dry. The Editors, Outside Online, "What Outside Readers Bought in June," 3 July 2018 Just throw a few in the sink with whatever needs washing, then lather, rinse, and air-dry. The Editors, Outside Online, "What Outside Readers Bought in June," 3 July 2018 Just throw a few in the sink with whatever needs washing, then lather, rinse, and air-dry. The Editors, Outside Online, "What Outside Readers Bought in June," 3 July 2018 When the other voices are not enough, Smith pulls a hoarse yell from somewhere near his sternum and lathers out his judgment. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Stephen A. Smith Won’t Stop Talking," 16 June 2018 Cindie Allen-Stewart swears by the lather to take the redness and heat out of the summer sun. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Can shaving cream take sting out of sunburn? One mom says yes," 29 June 2018 Then cool down your bedroom, lather up with some Deep Sleep shower jelly, and settle in to the best rest of your life. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "A New Study Reveals Sleeping In On Weekends Will Make You Live Longer," 25 May 2018 Made with crowd-pleasing lavender and vanilla extracts, these bars create a foaming lather that doesn’t leave skin oily but rather soft and supple. Claire Valentine, The Cut, "12 CBD Beauty Products for Celebrating 420," 20 Apr. 2018 The Irish farming community is in a lather after a dairy farmer in County Limerick was fined $350 last week for the dung a judge says his cows left on a road, causing a motorcycle accident. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Will Irish farmers have to diaper their cows after Effin dung case? | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The formula lathers nicely into an even coat and is nourishing for your dad's coarse facial hair. Amanda Arevalo, Allure, "Dermstore Is Having a Huge Sale on Grooming Products and Gifts for Father's Day," 11 June 2018 When lathering with soap, be sure to get the front and back of your hands, as well as in between your fingers, and under your nails, before scrubbing for 20 seconds. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "U.S. Department of Agriculture Study Reveals Most People Wash Hands Incorrectly," 1 July 2018 Some men love the ritual of the badger brush and lathering up, etc.). Ellen Warren, chicagotribune.com, "Is a 3-day beard a deal breaker — or just scruffy enough?," 2 July 2018 The murky brown concoction was taken daily and lathered on the skin, often causing violent illnesses, according to AIDS-Free World. Spencer Feingold, CNN, "Former Gambian leader sued over fraudulent AIDS cure," 31 May 2018 Use a palm-full of the shampoo or less to lather once, and then rinse with warm water. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Make Your Own Shampoo With Ingredients You Have In Your Kitchen," 31 July 2017 Before entering, staff and visitors are required to wash, rinse, and lather their hands for at least 15 seconds and decontaminate personal items such as cellphones, according to hospital policy. Max Blau, STAT, "The next generation of doctors may be learning bad habits at teaching hospitals with many safety violations," 20 Apr. 2018 None of them notice Locker, who’s digging into a chicken-and-rice bowl lathered in his favorite sauce. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "Why Jake Locker Walked Away From Football—and Why He Doesn’t Miss It," 18 Apr. 2018 According to The Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin, Kiermaier plans to lather his entire body in Vaseline to combat the cold and wind for the Rays’ game against the Yankees. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Rays' Kevin Kiermaier planned to cover body with Vaseline to handle cold, forgot Vaseline," 3 Apr. 2018

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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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More Definitions for lather

lather

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: tiny bubbles formed from soap mixed with water

: 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 \

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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