- foam or froth made by a detergent, especially soap, when stirred or rubbed in water, as by a brush used in shaving or by hands in washing.
- foam or froth formed in profuse sweating, as on a horse.
- Informal. a state of excitement, agitation, nervous tension, or the like: He was in a lather over my delay.
- to form a lather: a soap that lathers well.
- to become covered with lather, as a horse.
- to apply lather to; cover with lather: He lathered his face before shaving.
- Informal. to beat or whip.
Origin of lather1
Related Wordsfroth, 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
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
- 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
Word Origin and History for lathered
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.
Idioms and Phrases with lathered
see in a lather.