- 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 slathers
He had slews and slathers of money, as Yankee Bill would say.A Son Of The Sun
The rains have brought mushrooms, slathers of mushrooms, and I joy in gathering them.The Prairie Child
And they get slathers of money—most a dollar a day, Ben Rogers says.The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Avoid putting on the adhesive material in "gobs and slathers."The Butterfly Book
William Jacob Holland
They've got slathers of money an' they're sure dippy on each other.The Turtles of Tasman
- (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 slathers
"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.