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[frawth, froth] /frɔθ, frɒθ/
an aggregation of bubbles, as on an agitated liquid or at the mouth of a hard-driven horse; foam; spume.
a foam of saliva or fluid resulting from disease.
something unsubstantial, trivial, or evanescent:
The play was a charming bit of froth.
verb (used with object)
to cover with froth:
giant waves frothing the sand.
to cause to foam:
to froth egg whites with a whisk.
to emit like froth:
a demagogue frothing his hate.
verb (used without object)
to give out froth; foam:
frothing at the mouth.
Origin of froth
1350-1400; Middle English frothe < Old Norse frotha froth, scum
Related forms
frother, noun
outfroth, verb (used with object)
unfrothed, adjective
unfrothing, adjective
3. triviality, frivolity, fluff, nonsense. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for froth
  • Rotors excite the mixture, and the metals literally froth out of the troughs attached to air bubbles.
  • Some of this froth is so light--because of the many gas bubbles--that it floats on water.
  • Normally, after four years of a bull market, you start to see dangerous signs of froth in the market.
  • Creating a novel that offers both froth and substance can be compared to being a barista.
  • froth at the top, dregs at bottom, but the middle excellent.
  • Nevertheless, scientists have been baffled about how and why these substances begin to froth out of material in the mantle.
  • And there is an occasional tendency to froth and feathers, lines that too coyly regard themselves as curious poetic fragments.
  • With a whisk, froth unfrozen chamomile milk and drizzle a bit over each plate.
  • In the months immediately following the discovery, political controversy was added to this froth of speculation.
  • Even the spelling of her name can still get locals to froth at the mouth.
British Dictionary definitions for froth


a mass of small bubbles of air or a gas in a liquid, produced by fermentation, detergent, etc
a mixture of saliva and air bubbles formed at the lips in certain diseases, such as rabies
trivial ideas, talk, or entertainment
to produce or cause to produce froth
(transitive) to give out in the form of froth
(transitive) to cover with froth
Derived Forms
frothy, adjective
frothily, adverb
frothiness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse frotha or frauth; related to Old English āfrēothan to foam, Sanskrit prothati he snorts
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Word Origin and History for froth

c.1300, from an unrecorded Old English word, or else from Old Norse froða "froth," from Proto-Germanic *freuth-. Old English had afreoðan "to froth," from the same root. The modern derived verb is from late 14c. Related: Frothed; frothing.

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