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[suhdz] /sʌdz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
soapy water.
foam; lather.
Slang. beer.
verb (used with object)
to wash with soap or detergent (often followed by out):
to suds out a pair of socks.
Origin of suds
1540-50; 1900-05 for def 3; perhaps < Middle Dutch sudse puddle, marsh; akin to sodden
Related forms
sudsable, adjective
nonsudsing, adjective Unabridged
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plural noun
the bubbles on the surface of water in which soap, detergents, etc, have been dissolved; lather
soapy water
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) beer or the bubbles floating on it
Derived Forms
sudsy, adjective
Word Origin
C16: probably from Middle Dutch sudse marsh; related to Middle Low German sudde swamp; see seethe
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Word Origin and History for suds

1540s, "dregs, leavings, muck," especially in East Anglia, "ooze left by flood" (this may be the original sense), perhaps borrowed from Middle Dutch sudse "marsh, bog," cognate with Old English soden, past participle of seoþan (see seethe). Meaning "soapy water" dates from 1580s; slang meaning "beer" first attested 1904.

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  1. Beer (1904+) sudser
  2. A soap opera or soap-opera-like show; soap: Harvey Fierstein's savvy sudser about a not-so-gay drag queen (1969+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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