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[frawth, froth] /frɔθ, frɒθ/
an aggregation of bubbles, as on an agitated liquid or at the mouth of a hard-driven horse; foam; spume.
a foam of saliva or fluid resulting from disease.
something unsubstantial, trivial, or evanescent:
The play was a charming bit of froth.
verb (used with object)
to cover with froth:
giant waves frothing the sand.
to cause to foam:
to froth egg whites with a whisk.
to emit like froth:
a demagogue frothing his hate.
verb (used without object)
to give out froth; foam:
frothing at the mouth.
Origin of froth
1350-1400; Middle English frothe < Old Norse frotha froth, scum
Related forms
frother, noun
outfroth, verb (used with object)
unfrothed, adjective
unfrothing, adjective
3. triviality, frivolity, fluff, nonsense. Unabridged
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  • In his hand was a silver goblet, frothing over the top with champagne.

    Everyman's Land C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • If I meet him while I'm frothing like this, I'll kill him, even if it means the chair.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Standing on the end of the spar, he was outboard; the frothing sea was under him.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • We hurried forward to its bank, and opposite the frothing rapids.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • The water is hurled upwards in a mass of frothing, boiling and foaming crystals.

    My Native Land James Cox
  • Food and a frothing drink were all that he asked from Fortune.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • And a moment later, icy-cold champagne was frothing and bubbling in tumblers.

    The Seven Darlings Gouverneur Morris
British Dictionary definitions for frothing


a mass of small bubbles of air or a gas in a liquid, produced by fermentation, detergent, etc
a mixture of saliva and air bubbles formed at the lips in certain diseases, such as rabies
trivial ideas, talk, or entertainment
to produce or cause to produce froth
(transitive) to give out in the form of froth
(transitive) to cover with froth
Derived Forms
frothy, adjective
frothily, adverb
frothiness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse frotha or frauth; related to Old English āfrēothan to foam, Sanskrit prothati he snorts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for frothing



c.1300, from an unrecorded Old English word, or else from Old Norse froða "froth," from Proto-Germanic *freuth-. Old English had afreoðan "to froth," from the same root. The modern derived verb is from late 14c. Related: Frothed; frothing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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