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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. soapy water.
  2. foam; lather.
  3. Slang. beer.
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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
Related formssuds·a·ble, adjectivenon·suds·ing, adjective
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Historical Examples of sudsing

  • That hell aloft was sudsing fast to us, and I was dancing inside to do something beside wait for a drowning.

    Plain Mary Smith

    Henry Wallace Phillips

  • If more water is needed in the boiler for the last clothes dip it from the sudsing tub.

British Dictionary definitions for sudsing


pl n
  1. the bubbles on the surface of water in which soap, detergents, etc, have been dissolved; lather
  2. soapy water
  3. slang, mainly US and Canadian beer or the bubbles floating on it
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Derived Formssudsy, 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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Word Origin and History for sudsing



1540s, "dregs, leavings, muck," especially in East Anglia, "ooze left by flood" (this may be the original sense), perhaps borrowed from Middle Dutch sudse "marsh, bog," cognate with Old English soden, past participle of seoþan (see seethe). Meaning "soapy water" dates from 1580s; slang meaning "beer" first attested 1904.

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