[ 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)

verb (used without object)

to give out froth; foam: frothing at the mouth.

Nearby words

  1. frosting on the cake,
  2. frostline,
  3. frostweed,
  4. frostwork,
  5. frosty,
  6. froth flotation,
  7. frothy,
  8. frottage,
  9. frotteur,
  10. frou-frou

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for frothing


/ (frɒθ) /


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
Derived Formsfrothy, adjectivefrothily, adverbfrothiness, noun

Word Origin for froth

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 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.

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