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lather

noun lath·er \ ˈla-t͟hər \
Updated on: 30 Apr 2018

Definition of lather

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

play \ˈla-t͟h(ə-)rē\ adjective

Examples of lather in a Sentence

  1. The soap and water formed a lot of lather.

  2. The soap and water formed a lather.

Recent Examples of lather from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of lather

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

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lather

verb

Definition of lather

lathered; lathering play \ˈla-t͟h(ə-)riŋ\
1 : to spread lather over
2 : to beat severely : flog
: to form a lather or a froth like lather

latherer

play \ˈla-t͟hər-ər\ noun

Examples of lather in a Sentence

  1. He lathered his face before shaving.

  2. the flinty rancher did not hesitate to lather a recalcitrant horse

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First Known Use of lather

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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LATHER Defined for English Language Learners

lather

Definition of lather for English Language Learners

  • : tiny bubbles formed from soap mixed with water

  • : a very upset, angry, or worried condition


lather

Definition of lather for English Language Learners

  • : to spread lather over (something)

  • : to form lather


LATHER Defined for Kids

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lather

noun lath·er \ ˈla-t͟hər \

Definition of lather for Students

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

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lather

verb

Definition of lather for Students

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


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