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lather1

[lath -er] /ˈlæð ər/
noun
1.
foam or froth made by a detergent, especially soap, when stirred or rubbed in water, as by a brush used in shaving or by hands in washing.
2.
foam or froth formed in profuse sweating, as on a horse.
3.
Informal. a state of excitement, agitation, nervous tension, or the like:
He was in a lather over my delay.
verb (used without object)
4.
to form a lather:
a soap that lathers well.
5.
to become covered with lather, as a horse.
verb (used with object)
6.
to apply lather to; cover with lather:
He lathered his face before shaving.
7.
Informal. to beat or whip.
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English; Old English lēathor soap; cognate with Old Norse lauthr (Icelandic löthur) lather, foam
Related forms
latherer, noun
unlathered, adjective

lather2

[lath-er, lah-ther] /ˈlæθ ər, ˈlɑ θər/
noun
1.
a worker who puts up laths.
Origin
lath + -er1
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Examples from the web for lather
  • Also, lather on plenty of sunscreen in order to avoid sun poisoning or severe sunburn.
  • If you do go hiking or biking during the day, lather on the sunscreen and bring plenty of drinking water with you.
  • Some lather up, while others dance and sing in the water.
  • Experts advise that you wet your hands under warm water, then lather them with plenty of soap.
  • For a thicker lather, combine baking soda with liquid soap until the texture approximates frosting.
  • Cave repeats phrases and works himself into a lather, but avoids yelling.
  • So the finders aren't fanatics, it seems, even if they've got the rest of us in a lather.
  • The history of ethics reform is lather-rinse-repeat.
  • Add soap, then rub your hands together, making a soapy lather.
  • However, the instructions on the bottle tells you to lather twice.
British Dictionary definitions for lather

lather

/ˈlɑːðə; ˈlæ-/
noun
1.
foam or froth formed by the action of soap or a detergent in water
2.
foam formed by other liquid, such as the sweat of a horse
3.
(informal) a state of agitation or excitement
verb
4.
to coat or become coated with lather
5.
(intransitive) to form a lather
Derived Forms
lathery, adjective
Word Origin
Old English lēathor soap; related to Old Norse lauthr foam
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Word Origin and History for lather
n.

Old English lauþr "foam, washing soda," from Proto-Germanic *lauþran (cf. Old Norse lauðr "washing soap, foam"), from PIE *loutro- (cf. Gaulish lautron, Old Irish loathar "bathing tub," Greek louein "to bathe," Latin lavere "to wash"), which is from root *leu(e)- "to wash" + instrumentative suffix *-tro-. The modern noun might be a 16c. redevelopment from the verb. Meaning "violent perspiration" (especially of horses) is from 1650s. Meaning "state of agitation" (such as induces sweating) is from 1839.

v.

Old English laþran, from Proto-Germanic *lauþrjan (cf. Old Norse leyðra "to clean, wash;" see lather (n.)). Related: Lathered; lathering.

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Slang definitions & phrases for lather

lather

verb

To hit; strike: He lathered the ball out of the park

Related Terms

in a lather

[1797+; fr the notion that frothy washing lather is produced by vigorous agitation or beating]


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