\ ˈsədz How to pronounce suds (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sudsless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of suds in a Sentence

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

Rochefort’s sacred suds are held in the highest regard. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Trappist Monks Are Fighting to Save the Water in Their Sacred Beer," 2 May 2019 Keep the stud or hoop stationary and gently move the suds inside and out and rinse. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Everything You Want to Know About Tragus Piercings — Including How Much They Hurt," 13 Aug. 2018 If a ghost ring still appears, flush the area really well with cool water to get all of the suds out. Talia Abbas, SELF, "9 Expert Tips for Removing Food Stains From Your Clothes," 28 Sep. 2018 Protect your dog’s ears by putting a piece of cotton in each canal, and protect their eyes by asking your veterinarian for an ointment to keep the suds out. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, "Your guide to making bath time better for your dog," 4 May 2018 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

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
\ ˈsədz How to pronounce suds (audio) \

Kids Definition of suds

1 : soapy water especially when foamy
2 : the foam on soapy water

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