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lather

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[ lath-er ]
/ ˈlæð ər /
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noun

verb (used without object)

to form a lather: a soap that lathers well.
to become covered with lather, as a horse.

verb (used with object)

to apply lather to; cover with lather: He lathered his face before shaving.
Informal. to beat or whip.

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Origin of lather

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before 950; Middle English; Old English lēathor soap; cognate with Old Norse lauthr (Icelandic löthur) lather, foam

OTHER WORDS FROM lather

lath·er·er, nounun·lath·ered, adjective

Definition for lather (2 of 2)

lather2
[ lath-er, lah-ther ]
/ ˈlæθ ər, ˈlɑ θər /

noun

a worker who puts up laths.

Origin of lather

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British Dictionary definitions for lather

lather
/ (ˈlɑːðə, ˈlæ-) /

noun

foam or froth formed by the action of soap or a detergent in water
foam formed by other liquid, such as the sweat of a horse
informal a state of agitation or excitement

verb

to coat or become coated with lather
(intr) to form a lather

Derived forms of lather

lathery, adjective

Word Origin for lather

Old English lēathor soap; related to Old Norse lauthr foam
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

Idioms and Phrases with lather

lather

see in a lather.

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