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froth

[frawth, froth]
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noun
  1. an aggregation of bubbles, as on an agitated liquid or at the mouth of a hard-driven horse; foam; spume.
  2. a foam of saliva or fluid resulting from disease.
  3. something unsubstantial, trivial, or evanescent: The play was a charming bit of froth.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cover with froth: giant waves frothing the sand.
  2. to cause to foam: to froth egg whites with a whisk.
  3. to emit like froth: a demagogue frothing his hate.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to give out froth; foam: frothing at the mouth.
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Origin of froth

1350–1400; Middle English frothe < Old Norse frotha froth, scum
Related formsfroth·er, nounout·froth, verb (used with object)un·frothed, adjectiveun·froth·ing, adjective

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3. triviality, frivolity, fluff, nonsense.
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froth

noun
  1. a mass of small bubbles of air or a gas in a liquid, produced by fermentation, detergent, etc
  2. a mixture of saliva and air bubbles formed at the lips in certain diseases, such as rabies
  3. trivial ideas, talk, or entertainment
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verb
  1. to produce or cause to produce froth
  2. (tr) to give out in the form of froth
  3. (tr) to cover with froth
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Derived Formsfrothy, adjectivefrothily, adverbfrothiness, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old Norse frotha or frauth; related to Old English āfrēothan to foam, Sanskrit prothati he snorts
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Word Origin and History for froth

n.

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.

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