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[suhdz] /sʌdz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
soapy water.
foam; lather.
Slang. beer.
verb (used with object)
to wash with soap or detergent (often followed by out):
to suds out a pair of socks.
Origin of suds
1540-50; 1900-05 for def 3; perhaps < Middle Dutch sudse puddle, marsh; akin to sodden
Related forms
sudsable, adjective
nonsudsing, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for suds
  • 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.
  • He could go to the laundry and make a fool of himself by letting suds flood the floor.
  • When the beer turns up missing, he calls an all-out search for the suds.
  • In a halfhearted subplot intended to double the movie's suds quotient.
  • As a brewery, this place houses more than enough choices in draft and bottle form to please the average connoisseur of suds.
  • When air is mixed with moving water, foam, suds or bubbles are created.
British Dictionary definitions for suds


plural noun
the bubbles on the surface of water in which soap, detergents, etc, have been dissolved; lather
soapy water
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) beer or the bubbles floating on it
Derived Forms
sudsy, adjective
Word Origin
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 suds

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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Slang definitions & phrases for suds



Influence; drag, pull (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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