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 Then gently massage it into the skin for 30 seconds to one minute, until the product lathers, then rinse with lukewarm water. Dina Cheney, SELF, "Here's Exactly How and When to Use 5 Basic Skin-Care Staples," 4 Oct. 2019 Tap a couple drops on dry patches for a spot treatment that soaks right in, or lather your face with a decedent layer before bed and wake up glowing. Chloe Metzger And Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "The Best Face Oil for Every Single Skin Type," 29 Aug. 2019 By the time the Senate sent back a bipartisan compromise (which passed the upper chamber 84-8), the prima donnas had whipped dozens of progressive representatives into a lather. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Pelosi’s Prima Donnas," 11 July 2019 Because shampoo doesn’t lather up very well in hard water, shampooing leaves your hair feeling and looking limp and dry. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How a Water Softener Works (And Why You Might Want One)," 4 July 2019 Like a bar of soap, swipe it around your face to lather up. Devon Abelman, Allure, "23 Brand-New Beauty Products Under $20 That We're Already Obsessed With," 9 Jan. 2018 Just run it under each eye, across the forehead, and down the nose, then splash on some water to build up a pore-cleansing, de-greasing lather. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The Best Red-Eye Dopp Kit Will Upgrade Your Face to First Class," 19 Feb. 2018 These two textures work together cohesively, creating a silky lather of micelles and oil, which melt away the most stubborn makeup, without feeling too harsh on the skin. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Glossier's New $12 Milky Oil Will Change the Way You Take off Your Makeup," 19 Feb. 2019 The event began cordially, but after an hour the crowd was in a partisan lather, by turns hissing and clapping. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Democrats Recruit Veterans as Candidates in Bid to Retake the House," 24 Oct. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Centers for Disease Ccontrol and Prevention recommends rinsing with warm water, lathering with soap for 20 seconds, then rinsing and drying. ExpressNews.com, "5 grilling tips for safe eating watching the holidays’ big football games," 22 Nov. 2019 When the strands were lathered in a nitrogen-rich solution, bacteria ate them. The Economist, "How spider silk avoids hungry bacteria," 10 Oct. 2019 Make your wash-day routine count by lathering up with medicated shampoos formulated with antibacterial ingredients, such as sulfur and salicylic acid. Janell Hickman, Allure, "Everything You Need to Know About Scalp Acne," 28 Aug. 2019 From lathering your hair in it for a great deep condition to adding it to all your delish recipes, coconut oil can be used for pretty much everything. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Should You Use Coconut Oil for Your Acne?," 3 June 2019 Once the raccoon was lathered up with soap and water, firefighters tried to slide it free with a bit of gentle tugging. al, "Raccoon freed from sewer grate after ‘quite the operation’," 2 Aug. 2019 Photos show the raccoon lathered with suds, its fur plastered to his face. NBC News, "A raccoon got stuck in a storm grate. Ten firefighters in Newton, Massachusetts, worked to get it out.," 2 Aug. 2019 In a statement that will be added to the fest’s official website, Pitchfork encourages attendees to lather on the sunscreen, remember to hydrate before, during and after the festival and bring a reusable water bottle. Jessi Roti, chicagotribune.com, "How to prep for Pitchfork Music Festival during an excessive heat advisory," 17 July 2019 The excellent brigand’s hat pasta, strewn with meaty honeycombs of wild morel mushrooms and withered ramps in springtime, turns into a more keenly aromatic dish by June: now it’s chanterelle mushrooms lathered in basil-intensive butter. Patricia Escárcega, latimes.com, "Spago at middle age: Is Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant still relevant?," 27 June 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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Time Traveler for lather

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

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Last Updated

11 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Lather.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/latherer?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=l&file=lather03. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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