[lath, lahth]

noun, plural laths [lath z, laths, lahth z, lahths] /læðz, læθs, lɑðz, lɑθs/.

a thin, narrow strip of wood, used with other strips to form latticework, a backing for plaster or stucco, a support for slates and other roofing materials, etc.
a group or quantity of such strips.
work consisting of such strips.
wire mesh or the like used in place of wooden laths as a backing for plasterwork.
a thin, narrow, flat piece of wood used for any purpose.

verb (used with object)

to cover or line with laths.

Nearby words

  1. latescent,
  2. latest,
  3. latex,
  4. latex agglutination test,
  5. latex paint,
  6. lathe,
  7. lather,
  8. lathery,
  9. lathi,
  10. lathing

Origin of lath

before 1000; Middle English la(th)the; replacing Middle English latt, Old English lætt; cognate with German Latte, Dutch lat

Related formslath·like, adjective

Can be confusedlath lathe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lath


noun plural laths (lɑːðz, lɑːθs)

one of several thin narrow strips of wood used to provide a supporting framework for plaster, tiles, etc
expanded sheet metal, wire mesh, etc, used to provide backing for plaster or rendering
any thin strip of wood


(tr) to attach laths to (a ceiling, roof, floor, etc)
Derived Formslathlike, adjective

Word Origin for lath

Old English lætt; related to Dutch lat, Old High German latta

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Word Origin and History for lath



late 13c., probably from Old English *læððe, variant of lætt "lath," apparently from a Proto-Germanic *laþþo (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse latta, Middle Dutch, German latte "lath," Dutch lat, Middle High German lade "plank," which is source of German Laden "counter," hence, "shop"). As a verb, 1530s, from the noun.

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