verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of lather1
Related Words for latheringfroth, tizzy, yeast, foam, head, spume, suds, soap, cream, soapsuds, bustle, turmoil, fever, flap, agitation, confusion, twitter, hoopla, hubbub, state
Examples from the Web for lathering
Contemporary Examples of lathering
“The work that I began my practice with is the Lathering and Shaving,” he said.The Original Apple Icon
October 6, 2010
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
August 27, 2010
Historical Examples of lathering
The horse, with lathering neck and distended nostrils, paused before them.The Plunderer
This lathering and rubbing to be done at another time from the first rubbing for the lungs.Papers on Health
Capital animals for an opposition, they take a lathering so quiet!Quodlibet
John P. Kennedy
I walked the lathering mare to the lines, like a tired jockey who has run his race.Tell England
After lathering the top of my head, she then shaved the hair off all round the wound, and I was ready for the surgeon's visit.Wounded and a Prisoner of War
Malcolm V. (Malcolm Vivian) Hay
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.