suds

[suhdz]
noun (used with a plural verb)
1.
soapy water.
2.
foam; lather.
3.
Slang. beer.
verb (used with object)
4.
to wash with soap or detergent (often followed by out ): to suds out a pair of socks.

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

sudsable, adjective
nonsudsing, adjective
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suds (sʌdz)
 
pl n
1.  the bubbles on the surface of water in which soap, detergents, etc, have been dissolved; lather
2.  soapy water
3.  slang chiefly (US), (Canadian) beer or the bubbles floating on it
 
[C16: probably from Middle Dutch sudse marsh; related to Middle Low German sudde swamp; see seethe]
 
'sudsy
 
adj

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suds
1548, "dregs, leavings, muck," especially in East Anglia, "ooze left by flood" (this may be the original sense), perhaps borrowed from M.Du. sudse "marsh, bog," cognate with O.E. soden, pp. of seoþan (see seethe). Meaning "soapy water" dates from 1581; slang meaning "beer" first attested 1904.
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suds definition


  1. n.
    beer. : How about some suds, Bill?
  2. in.
    to drink beer. : How 'bout going out and sudsing for a while?
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Example sentences
Tote your suds in style with this leather six-pack holder.
And unlike the cardboard carriers that come with the beer, these won't snap and
  spill suds on the sidewalk.
It's not that the soap is less effective, simply that the ingredients do the
  cleaning instead of the suds.
The suds flow freely and the pork knuckle is the house specialty.
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