verb (used with object)
Origin of slather
Related Words for slatheroodles, portray, sketch, depict, coat, cover, draw, daub, wash, tint, design, decorate, dye, brush, scrub, knead, glaze, scrape, grind, paint
Examples from the Web for slather
Contemporary Examples of slather
I slather my body in Swedish Beauty Black Diamond cream with “Tingle Tanning Power.”My Great Fake Bake Experiment
January 6, 2009
Historical Examples of 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
verb (tr) US and Canadian slang
Word Origin for slather
"spread liberally," 1847, of uncertain origin. Early 19c. local glossaries from western England have the word with a sense "to slip or slide."
Slather on the manure on all the hoed crops, if you have it; if not buy of your improvident neighbor. ["Genesee Farmer," June 1847]
Sometimes said to be from a dialectal noun meaning "large amount" (usually as plural, slathers), but this is first attested 1855. Related: Slathered; slathering.