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

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 Much like cleansing oils for the face, these come in cream, gel, and oil-in-gel textures that lather without stripping moisture away from skin. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "These New Cruelty-Free Bodywashes Smell Like a Vacation," 8 June 2018 This lather-rinse-and-repeat cycle is especially useful at moments when there is other bad news to obfuscate. Aziz Huq, Vox, "The faulty legal logic behind Trump’s birthright citizenship proposal.," 31 Oct. 2018 Just run the bar down the hair shaft, lather, and rinse. Meirav Devash, Allure, "I Tried a Sustainable Beauty Routine for a Month to See How Easy It Is to Go Green," 15 Oct. 2018 Finally, lather up your pup with your favorite dog shampoo, rinse, and towel dry. Janine M. Kahn, Good Housekeeping, "What You Should Do When Your Dog Rolls in Disgusting Stuff, According to Vets," 5 Sep. 2018 When the airy lather rinses off, you're left with the mildest hint of something sweet and soothing. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "I Replaced My $215 Perfume With This $6 Body Wash," 19 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On the list of milestones most CEOs get lathered up about, record revenues, unit sales and market capitalization rank high. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Leader of the Future: Why Sergio Marchionne Fit the Profile," 11 Aug. 2018 Rule #4: Keep lathering until your hair feels squeaky-clean. Petra Guglielmetti, Woman's Day, "10 Common Beauty Rules to Break," 19 Nov. 2010 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

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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
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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