[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. slate-colored junco,
  2. slated for, be,
  3. slater,
  4. slater, samuel,
  5. slatey,
  6. slating,
  7. slatkin,
  8. slatted,
  9. slattern,
  10. slatternly


    open slather, Australian. complete freedom.

Origin of slather

1810–20, in sense “to slip, slide”; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for slathers


/ (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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Word Origin and History for slathers


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