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 lathering (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 lathery (audio) \ adjective

Verb

latherer \ ˈla-​t͟hər-​ər How to pronounce latherer (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 After applying, massage it into a lather and rinse it out. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, "Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses are the Easy At-Home Treatment Your Hair Needs," 16 June 2020 House Democrats are also in a lather about reports that the Trump administration has discussed the possibility of conducting a live nuclear test. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Army open to renaming 10 US bases named for Confederate heroes of the Civil War," 9 June 2020 Climate-minded academics, public intellectuals and think-tankers have worked themselves into a lather over the benefits which action on such a scale could provide if effects on climate were actually part of the remit. The Economist, "Never let a crisis go to waste The pressure to make the post-covid rebound green," 23 May 2020 After washing your hands (for a full two minutes, of course), simply lather soap on each of the lenses of your glasses and wash them diligently using warm water. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Face Mask Fogging Your Glasses? Here’s A Quick Fix," 7 May 2020 In another, Saget, who played single dad Danny Tanner, lathers on hand sanitizer. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus: 'Full House' cast reunites for quarantine spoof of show's iconic theme song," 9 Apr. 2020 About Handwashing Washing your hands seems pretty basic—wet hands, apply soap, lather up, rinse. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "What to Know Before Making Your Own DIY Sanitizer," 15 Mar. 2020 Lesley told me how: Wet yourhands, pour soap into your palm and rub to create a lather. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Your best defense against coronavirus is washing your hands. But are you doing it right?," 4 Mar. 2020 Work the soap into a lather by rubbing your hands together. Scottie Andrew And Yiwen Niu, CNN, "The best prevention against the coronavirus is still washing your hands. Here's the proper way to do it," 28 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After lathering up her tresses, Krone let the conditioner sit in her hair for about 10 minutes, according to the GoFundMe. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Claims the Conditioner She Bought at Walmart Was Tampered with Causing Her Hair to Fall Out," 1 Aug. 2019 During the 20-30 seconds of lathering the World Health Organization recommends incorporating six maneuvers to cover all parts of your hands. Michelle Sconce Massaquoi, The Conversation, "Why hand-washing really is as important as doctors say," 3 Mar. 2020 The agency recommends first washing hands with warm or cold water and then lathering soap for 20 seconds to get it on the backs of hands, between fingers and under finger nails before rinsing off. Joseph Pisani, Anchorage Daily News, "Hand sanitizer prices spike on Amazon as virus-wary consumers stock up," 4 Mar. 2020 Not really, says Sanjay Maggirwar, the chair of George Washington University’s department of microbiology, immunology, and tropical medicine—though constantly lathering your hands or dousing them with Purell will probably dry them out. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Why sanitizer works, but hand washing works better," 5 Mar. 2020 Next, turn off the water and start lathering up with soap. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How to Wash Your Hands Properly, According to Experts," 4 Mar. 2020 Dawson climbed down from the toilet, hopped onto the stool, pumped way too much soap, and lathered an enormous pile of bubbles in the sink. Caroline Van Hemert, Washington Post, "‘Mommy, will you be here forever?’," 24 Feb. 2020 After lathering, rub each other down with a nongreasy, aromatic massage oil. Charli Penn, Essence, "The Nightstand: Pamper Your Partner To Pleasure With These 6 Bedroom Products," 17 Oct. 2019 Marchbein recommends using a body wash or shaving gel that will lather up on the skin and help the razor glide. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "The Best Disposable Razors for Your Closest Shave Yet," 31 Dec. 2019

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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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Last Updated

23 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lather.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lather. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for lather

lather

noun
How to pronounce lather (audio)

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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