- 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.
- 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.
- to give out froth; foam: frothing at the mouth.
Origin of froth
1350–1400; Middle English frothe < Old Norse frotha froth, scum
Synonyms for froth
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- 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
- (tr) to give out in the form of froth
- (tr) to cover with froth
Word Origin for froth
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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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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