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froth

[frawth, froth] /frɔθ, frɒθ/
noun
1.
an aggregation of bubbles, as on an agitated liquid or at the mouth of a hard-driven horse; foam; spume.
2.
a foam of saliva or fluid resulting from disease.
3.
something unsubstantial, trivial, or evanescent:
The play was a charming bit of froth.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cover with froth:
giant waves frothing the sand.
5.
to cause to foam:
to froth egg whites with a whisk.
6.
to emit like froth:
a demagogue frothing his hate.
verb (used without object)
7.
to give out froth; foam:
frothing at the mouth.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English frothe < Old Norse frotha froth, scum
Related forms
frother, noun
outfroth, verb (used with object)
unfrothed, adjective
unfrothing, adjective
Synonyms
3. triviality, frivolity, fluff, nonsense.
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British Dictionary definitions for outfroth

froth

/frɒθ/
noun
1.
a mass of small bubbles of air or a gas in a liquid, produced by fermentation, detergent, etc
2.
a mixture of saliva and air bubbles formed at the lips in certain diseases, such as rabies
3.
trivial ideas, talk, or entertainment
verb
4.
to produce or cause to produce froth
5.
(transitive) to give out in the form of froth
6.
(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 outfroth

froth

n.

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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