noun, plural laths [lath z, laths, lahth z, lahths] /læðz, læθs, lɑðz, lɑθs/.
verb (used with object)
Origin of lath
Examples from the Web for lath
Historical Examples of lath
The propeller has four blades which are but little wider than a lath.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
She was tall and slender as a lath, very compliant and demure.My Double Life
Don't you feel ashamed of keeping as thin as a lath when we are so fat; we who are only women?Abbe Mouret's Transgression
He's a reg'lar little ripper, sir, and as straight as a lath.
By pulling the string he could spring the lath, and then let it snap back to its place.The Teacher
noun plural laths (lɑːðz, lɑːθs)
Word Origin 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.