\ˈsədz \

Definition of suds 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : water impregnated with soap or a synthetic detergent compound and worked up into froth also : the lather or froth on such water

2a : foam, froth

b : beer


sudsed; sudsing; sudses

Definition of suds (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to wash in suds

intransitive verb

: to form suds

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Other Words from suds

Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

sudsless \-ləs \ adjective

Examples of suds in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

In recent years, the pair has included another partner in the process by inviting an act from the festival lineup to collaborate on special suds for the summer festival. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Japandroids create 'Canadian style pale ale' with Goose Island for this summer's Pitchfork Music Festival," 13 June 2018 February features some solid craft-beverage events, including a cider festival at Navy Pier, a celebration of vintage suds and a tap takeover from the West Coast. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Tap Tracker: February includes Cider Summit, Delilah's vintage beer festival and a Deschutes takeover," 7 Feb. 2018 To celebrate, the arcade bar will be hosting a release event for the supernatural suds beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at its Emporium Popups space (2367 N. Milwaukee Ave.). Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Polyjuice Potion beer — totally not a reference to anything — will have a release party for Emporium's next pop-up," 5 Apr. 2018 The travel-size container holds a weekend’s worth of suds. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "How to Build Your Perfect Car Camping Box," 12 June 2018 Machines spray mist and rain droplets, a mix of pinpoint and wall fans can churn up a windstorm and other devices fill the auditorium with fog, bubbles and snow-like suds. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cinépolis offers discount 'magic hour' at North County theaters," 25 Apr. 2018 The acclaimed Indiana brewery crosses the border to tap into some Alpha King, Amber Smashed Face, Arctic Panzer Wolf, Deesko, Dreadnaught IPA, Floy Division IV and Yum Yum, as well as potentially some surprise suds. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Tap tracker: 3 Floyds, BuckleDown bring brews to city, Empirical does beer and cheese pairings," 27 Dec. 2017 Open bars and free-flowing alcohol have long been part of tech culture, where the lines between work and socializing can get lost in the suds. Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle, "WeWork’s free beer to flow again, legal or not," 7 June 2018 One of the most unique BCBS tappings will be at Beer Temple, where the suds gurus will feature five years’ worth of BCBS brews to share, from 2012 through the new 2017 varieties. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Tap tracker: Winter seasonal tappings from Goose Island, Half Acre and Founders," 30 Nov. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Note that in the short, he’s seen rinsing—not sudsing—his trademark long hair. Vogue, "Why DJ Baba Stiltz’s New EP Should Be On Your Getting Ready Playlist," 8 June 2018 But, Jane isn’t merely some flimsy melodrama sudsing up the CW’s schedule every Friday night. refinery29.com, "You’re Doing Yourself A Disservice By Missing Last Week’s Jane The Virgin," 26 Mar. 2018 Undeterred, Anne sudsed my head, my face, my ears, and – whoosh! Amy Henrickson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Unexpectedly cleansed," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of suds

Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1834, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for suds

Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

probably from Middle Dutch sudse marsh; akin to Old English sēothan to seethe — more at seethe

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English Language Learners Definition of suds

: bubbles that form on top of water that contains soap

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Kids Definition of suds

1 : soapy water especially when foamy

2 : the foam on soapy water

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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