[ slath-er ]
/ ˈslæð ər /
verb (used with object)
to spread or apply thickly: to slather butter on toast.
to spread something thickly on (usually followed by with): to slather toast with butter.
to spend or use lavishly.
Often slathers. a generous amount: slathers of money.
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Idioms for slather
open slather, Australian. complete freedom.
Origin of slather
1810–20, in sense “to slip, slide”; origin uncertain
Words nearby slather
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Example sentences from the Web for slather
No, sir, there aint sech a slather of folks up here to mix in with, by any count.The Corner House Girls Snowbound|Grace Brooks Hill
British Dictionary definitions for slather
/ (ˈslæðə) /
(usually plural) informal a large quantity
open slather Australian and NZ slang a situation in which there are no restrictions; free-for-all
verb (tr) US and Canadian slang
to squander or waste
to spread thickly or lavishly
Word Origin for slather
C19: of unknown origin
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