verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of lather1
Related Words for latheredfroth, tizzy, yeast, foam, head, spume, suds, soap, cream, soapsuds, bustle, turmoil, fever, flap, agitation, confusion, twitter, hoopla, hubbub, state
Examples from the Web for lathered
Historical Examples of lathered
She answered every blow on her lathered hindquarters with an angry hump.The Biography of a Prairie Girl
I got all lathered up all right, holding myself by force in the chair.Inside John Barth
William W. Stuart
More than once I lathered my face with mineral water out of a bottle.An African Adventure
Isaac F. Marcosson
I scrubbed and lathered till my nose was red and shining beautifully.Miss Primrose
Roy Rolfe Gilson
Our horses lathered and dried and lathered again in the morning sun.The Hive
Will Levington Comfort
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.