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plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: water impregnated with soap or a synthetic detergent compound and worked up into froth
also : the lather or froth on such water
: foam, froth
: beer
sudsless adjective


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sudsed; sudsing; sudses

transitive verb

: to wash in suds

intransitive verb

: to form suds

Examples of suds in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
This chain emporium of craft-beer suds, wine, cocktails and pub fare plans to open its latest South Florida taproom on Jan. 31 on Southern Boulevard, roughly 3 miles west of the iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 26 Jan. 2023 And speaking of suds, guests get to select from a craft beer list highlighting producers from across the city. Brad Japhe, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 Apply the suds to the stained area with a damp cloth, sponging lightly. Caitlin Sole, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Nov. 2022 Repeat this step as necessary until all the soap suds are gone. Taryn Mohrman, Good Housekeeping, 12 Oct. 2022 Naturally, one of them spills soap into the bus’s toilet, filling the bus with a rising tide of suds as Owen tries to ignore the screaming Lucys and keep the bus moving. Chris Stanton, Vulture, 17 Feb. 2022 But then there were the soap suds down the sledding hill that helped to wash mud off too. Karie Angell Luc, Chicago Tribune, 3 Oct. 2022 Once you're finished, run the shower again to wash away the grime and suds. Andrea Crowley, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Oct. 2022 Cleveland Beer Week will kick off its 13th suds celebration tonight with the traditional neighborhood crawl. Marc Bona, cleveland, 14 Oct. 2022
In addition to suds up with the right shampoo, incorporating vitamins and supplements into your daily routine can help minimize hair loss's severity. Brigitt Earley, Glamour, 1 Dec. 2023 Farmhouse sinks are also ideal for washing larger items like pots, pans, and baking sheets since the deep basins provide extra space for sudsing up. Adria Greenhauff, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 June 2023 In addition to limiting the number of loads, be sure to use only low sudsing detergents that are specifically formulated for septic systems. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 12 Apr. 2023 That said, Rubenstein recommends a starting point of sudsing up every other day. Kayla Blanton, Health, 25 Apr. 2023 Its low-sudsing formula helps to prevent soap scum residue while also caring better for the environment thanks to its biodegradable components. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 2 Apr. 2023 When choosing a laundry detergent to use in your portable washing machine, look for high-efficiency (HE) low-sudsing options. Good Housekeeping, 15 Mar. 2023 Russian River guests get to snooze in a luxury tent, classic Airstream, or miniature Happier Camper, ride around on complimentary Linus bicycles, and suds it up with Ursa Major bath products (there are communal bathrooms in the clubhouse). Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 10 Apr. 2022 Nearby, sleeves rolled up, suds up to their elbows, women washed plastic jerrycans in rainbow colors, cut into pieces. New York Times, 31 Jan. 2022

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Word History



probably from Middle Dutch sudse marsh; akin to Old English sēothan to seethe — more at seethe entry 1

First Known Use


1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1834, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of suds was in 1581

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“Suds.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun plural
: soapy water especially when frothy
: the froth on soapy water


2 of 2 verb
: to form suds

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