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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The formula rated highly at applying and rinsing easily, effortlessly providing sufficient lather and leaving hair feeling cleansed and easy to comb. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, 8 July 2022 This shampoo has a luxurious, creamy lather that leaves your scalp feeling cleansed without stripping it of its natural oils. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 May 2022 Wet the bar and rub it into your hands to create a lather, then apply to your roots and cleanse as normal. Chiara Butler, Good Housekeeping, 29 June 2022 Kiehl’s avoids chemical foaming agents such as SLS and instead uses extracts from the soap trees of Chile to create a mild, frothy lather in this body wash. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 June 2022 Orrin Grant Hatch was born in 1934 in Pittsburgh, to a carpenter and plaster lather. Lindsay Whitehurst, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Apr. 2022 Orrin Grant Hatch was born in 1934 in Pittsburgh, to a carpenter and plaster lather. Lindsay Whitehurst, Chicago Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 Its thick, foamy lather even allows this body wash to double as a shaving cream for sensitive skin. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 Thoughtfully designed with Shea Butter and Aloe, this shave aid forms a rich and creamy lather, providing supreme razor glide and moisture that does not dry out your skin. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rub the shampoo bar directly onto your wet hair, then massage the shampoo through your roots to lather it and dissolve oil and dirt. Chiara Butler, Good Housekeeping, 29 June 2022 Easy Daily Shampoo is a sulfate-free shampoo that manages to luxuriously lather. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 June 2022 Simply lather up and say goodbye to irritation and dryness. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 May 2022 Rent from any of the various sports equipment centers in town, lather up with sunscreen, and float down the crystal clear river where alpine vistas are always just around the bend. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 11 May 2022 Simply massage the bar directly onto your head and face, lather up, and experience the magic. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 May 2022 Get ready to feel the ocean breeze, smell the salt in the air, and lather up the sunscreen from your couch, because Along for the Ride is kicking off summer in the best possible way. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 6 May 2022 This may also be a good time to lather on a skin protector like an ointment, as long as your doctor says the two can be used together. Stephanie Watson, SELF, 8 Apr. 2022 Apply a walnut-sized amount and lather it through your hair. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

11 Aug 2022

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“Lather.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lather. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for 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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