- 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.
- open slather, Australian. complete freedom.
Origin of slather
Examples from the Web for 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
- (usually plural) informal a large quantity
- open slather Australian and NZ slang a situation in which there are no restrictions; free-for-all
- to squander or waste
- to spread thickly or lavishly
Word Origin and History for slathering
"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.