verb (used with object)
Origin of slather
Related Words for slatheringportray, sketch, depict, coat, cover, draw, daub, wash, tint, design, decorate, dye, brush, scrub, knead, glaze, scrape, grind, paint, graze
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Contemporary Examples of slathering
It does push him toward drawing a caricature of his own, one of slathering, bloodsucking right-wingers.In Defense of the British Worker
July 14, 2011
Beads, too, are his naïf equivalent to Old Masters slathering on their layers of expensive oils.Chris Ofili's Art of Brightness
February 4, 2010
Historical Examples of slathering
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.