[ lath-er ]
/ ˈlæð ər /
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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.
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.
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Origin of lather1
before 950; Middle English; Old English lēathor soap; cognate with Old Norse lauthr (Icelandic löthur) lather, foam
OTHER WORDS FROM latherlath·er·er, nounun·lath·ered, adjective
Other definitions for lather (2 of 2)
[ lath-er, lah-ther ]
/ ˈlæθ ər, ˈlɑ θər /
a worker who puts up laths.
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How to use lather in a sentence
“The work that I began my practice with is the Lathering and Shaving,” he said.The Original Apple Icon|Anthony Haden-Guest|October 6, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Strategies run the gamut from freezing everything you own to lathering your body in a mix of rubbing alcohol and lavender oil.Vigilante Bedbug Exterminators|Brian Ries|August 27, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Possibly, he would not shy at such monstrosities after twenty miles of a lathering ride.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
Work slackened at the capstan, and for the moment the guards forgot to drive their lathering slaves there.Cursed|George Allan England
For a time I even succeeded in working myself up into a lathering frenzy of belief in what I was doing.Tramping on Life|Harry Kemp
Such a pell-mell, such a welter, cavalry and musketeers all jumbled: our King must have given them a dreadful lathering.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVIII. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
One will mean the Rockies or the misty mountain, saddels, foamy bits and lathering horses.The Hive|Will Levington Comfort
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 of latherlathery, adjective
Word Origin for lather
Old English lēathor soap; related to Old Norse lauthr foam
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with lather
see in a lather.
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