verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- latex agglutination test,
- latex paint,
- lathing hammer,
Origin of lather1
Origin of lather2
Examples from the Web for lather
One of the first, UVeBand, tracks how well your sunscreen is performing—and pings you when its time to lather up again.Sunny Smartwatches, Bags, and iGrills: This Summer’s Must-Have Tech|Charlotte Lytton|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As a boy, I watched my grandfather create a froth of lather in that cup, and shave himself with a straight razor.
That only makes more mysterious the lather he can work himself into whenever he talks about these issues on air today.Al Sharpton’s Past Ties to Vote Fraud Taint His Fulminating|Wayne Barrett|December 10, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Working the gossips of UrbanBaby into a lather is a low bar; losing them lower still.What's Really Behind the Prep-School Mom's Twitter Meltdown|Nick Summers|April 14, 2011|DAILY BEAST
But is the press getting itself worked into a lather over what Barbour did and thought when he was a teenager?
Coco-nut oil is also used in the manufacture of marine soap, which forms a lather with sea-water.
Lather, lath′ėr, n. a foam or froth made with water and soap: froth from sweat.
Change the water, and leave it in a second lather all night.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million|Sarah Josepha Hale
Put it in the autobath and take a hot bath, plenty of lather.Tangle Hold|F. L. Wallace
He went on working his soap into a lather with his shaving-brush.Monsieur, Madame and Bebe, Complete|Gustave Droz
Word Origin for lather
Old English lauþr "foam, washing soda," from Proto-Germanic *lauþran (cf. Old Norse lauðr "washing soap, foam"), from PIE *loutro- (cf. Gaulish lautron, Old Irish loathar "bathing tub," Greek louein "to bathe," Latin lavere "to wash"), which is from root *leu(e)- "to wash" + instrumentative suffix *-tro-. The modern noun might be a 16c. redevelopment from the verb. Meaning "violent perspiration" (especially of horses) is from 1650s. Meaning "state of agitation" (such as induces sweating) is from 1839.
Old English laþran, from Proto-Germanic *lauþrjan (cf. Old Norse leyðra "to clean, wash;" see lather (n.)). Related: Lathered; lathering.
see in a lather.