slath·​er | \ ˈsla-t͟hər How to pronounce slather (audio) \

Definition of slather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a great quantity often used in plural


slathered; slathering\ ˈsla-​t͟hə-​riŋ How to pronounce slathering (audio) , ˈslat͟h-​riŋ \

Definition of slather (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to use or spend in a wasteful or lavish manner : squander
2a : to spread thickly or lavishly slathered sunscreen on her skin
b : to spread something thickly or lavishly on slathered her skin with sunscreen

Examples of slather in a Sentence


We ate lobster slathered with butter.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Or a slather of mayonnaise or sweet cream butter simply must be the coat for that cob of corn. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Tips on complementing summer flavors in the kitchen," 23 July 2019 Then slather on a potent hyaluronic serum and a thick overnight mask: I’m rarely seen in the window seat without Sisley’s cooling, jelly-slick gel option. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Marie Claire Beauty Editors Share Their In-Flight Beauty Routines," 24 July 2019 Drink lots of water, look after pets, stay out of the direct sunlight as much as possible and slather on the sun tan lotion liberally, Direnzo and fellow forecasters said. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Sizzling 100 degrees in the city, red flag warnings across Colorado," 18 July 2019 Even better, slather on a favorite moisturizer before pulling on the socks for peak hydration. Rachel Tepper Paley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Everything You Need to Make Your Own Business-Class Worthy Dopp Kit," 20 June 2019 And as always, slather on sunscreen before heading outdoors to avoid sunburn. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "Woman’s blistering 'margarita burn' a warning about the popular summer drink," 5 June 2019 To stop skin from flaking and peeling, slather on lotions that contain ceramides and antioxidants like vitamins C and E. Julie Ricevuto, Glamour, "How to Treat a Bad Sunburn and Hide It Instantly," 28 May 2019 When Jessica Alba first launched Honest Beauty back in 2015, there were a whopping 83 products to swipe, slather, and swatch. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Jessica Alba: Why I'm Relaunching Honest Beauty," 27 June 2018 So slather on the sunscreen, sink your toes into the sand or soft grass, and dig in to these new books. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "What to Read This Summer," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some include paint-slathered collage, and one is done on hotel stationery. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Jay DeFeo show offers a provocative sketch of a California artist finding her voice," 17 Aug. 2019 One of my grandmothers decided to put a halt to that nasty habit by slathering the offending thumb with Vaseline. Mary Schmich,, "Column: Scissors. Pens. Spiral Notebooks. On International Left-Handers Day, let’s pause to appreciate the triumphs of the lefties.," 9 Aug. 2019 Some of us need an oil-free moisturizer while others like to slather their face in rich oils. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Used Only Kylie Skin Products For a Whole Week. Here's My Honest Review.," 29 May 2019 So is Mexican street corn slathered with mayonnaise, sprinkled with cheese and chili powder ($4) and spiced charro beans ($5). Ann Trieger Kurland,, "Mr. Tamole team brings authenic tamales to town," 16 July 2019 Sea salt and caramel gelato is sandwiched on brioche slathered with Nutella. Natalie Wade,, "What to eat at Taste of Chicago: We tried every booth to recommend our favorites," 9 July 2019 This jewel box of a room is slathered with six tons of amber mosaic – originally a gift from King Frederick William I of Prussia to his ally Peter the Great – which Elizabeth moved to the palace and expanded. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "European royalty's most over-the-top summer retreats, from Versailles to Neuschwanstein," 8 July 2019 Teeming with fresh carrots and pineapple and slathered with just the right amount of cream cheese frosting, this cake is best served chilled from the fridge. Ben Mims,, "Make these recipes for your last-minute Fourth of July party," 2 July 2019 At this year's Fourth of July BBQ, instead of being scared of the mortality-reminding, glistening white goo, slather some on your burger bun in defiance of death, in celebration of freedom. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Defense of Mayonnaise," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of slather


1843, in the meaning defined above


1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of slather

: to cover (something) with a thick layer of a liquid, cream, etc.

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