[ 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.

Origin of lather

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

Related forms

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

Definition for lather (2 of 2)


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


a worker who puts up laths.

Origin of lather

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

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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 Forms

lathery, adjective

Word Origin for lather

Old English lēathor soap; related to Old Norse lauthr foam
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Idioms and Phrases with lather


see in a lather.

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