[ lath-er ]
/ ˈlæð ər /


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.

Nearby words

  1. latex,
  2. latex agglutination test,
  3. latex paint,
  4. lath,
  5. lathe,
  6. lathery,
  7. lathi,
  8. lathing,
  9. lathing hammer,
  10. laths

Origin of lather

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

Related formslath·er·er, nounun·lath·ered, adjective


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


a worker who puts up laths.

Origin of lather

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British Dictionary definitions for lather


/ (ˈlɑːðə, ˈlæ-) /


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


to coat or become coated with lather
(intr) to form a lather
Derived Formslathery, adjective

Word Origin for lather

Old English lēathor soap; related to Old Norse lauthr foam

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Word Origin and History for lather
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Idioms and Phrases with lather


see in a lather.

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