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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
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British Dictionary definitions for un lathered

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 un lathered
lather
O.E. lauþr "foam, washing soda," from P.Gmc. *lauþran (cf. O.N. lauðr "washing soap, foam"), from PIE *loutrom (cf. Gaul. lautron, O.Ir. loathar "bathing tub," Gk. louein "to bathe," L. lavere "to wash"), which is from base *lou- "to wash" + instrumentative suffix *-tro-. Meaning "state of agitation" (such as induces sweating) is from 1839. The verb is from O.E. laþran, from P.Gmc. *lauþrjan.
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Slang definitions & phrases for un lathered

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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