verb (used with object)
- slate-colored junco,
- slated for, be,
- slater, samuel,
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|Jack London
Then, he drew together a great heap of crisp shavings and slathers, plentifully besprinkling it with what remained in the can.At Fault|Kate Chopin.
He kept very close to himself, but he always seemed to have slathers of money.The Rushton Boys at Treasure Cove|Spencer Davenport
Fate laid on in broad strokes—in great splashes—in slathers.Ptomaine Street|Carolyn Wells
The rains have brought mushrooms, slathers of mushrooms, and I joy in gathering them.The Prairie Child|Arthur Stringer
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.