slather

[ slath-er ]
/ ˈslæð ər /
Informal.

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.

noun

Often slathers. a generous amount: slathers of money.

Idioms

    open slather, Australian. complete freedom.

Origin of slather

1810–20, in sense “to slip, slide”; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for slather

slather

/ (ˈslæðə) /

noun

(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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