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noun (used with a plural verb)

soapy water.
foam; lather.
Slang. beer.

verb (used with object)

to wash with soap or detergent (often followed by out): to suds out a pair of socks.



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Origin of suds

1540–50; 1900–05 for def. 3; perhaps <Middle Dutch sudse puddle, marsh; akin to sodden


suds·a·ble, adjectivenon·suds·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for suds

/ (sʌdz) /

pl n

the bubbles on the surface of water in which soap, detergents, etc, have been dissolved; lather
soapy water
slang, mainly US and Canadian beer or the bubbles floating on it

Derived forms of suds

sudsy, adjective

Word Origin for suds

C16: probably from Middle Dutch sudse marsh; related to Middle Low German sudde swamp; see seethe
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