froth[frôt̸h, frät̸h; for v., also frôt̸h, frät̸h]
- The definition of froth is foam or foaming bubbles.
An example of froth is the bubbles at the top of a poured beer.
- Froth is defined as to make foam.
An example of froth is using a steam wand to make foam on the top of milk.
Froth on a glass of beer.
- a whitish mass of bubbles; foam
- foaming saliva caused by disease or great excitement
- light, trifling, or worthless talk, ideas, etc.
Origin of frothMiddle English frothe ; from Old Norse frotha, akin to Old English (a)-freothan, to froth up ; from Indo-European an unverified form preu-th, a snorting, slavering ; from base an unverified form per-, to sprinkle, scatter from source Classical Greek prēmainein, to blow hard
- to cause to foam
- to cover with foam
- to spill forth like foam
Origin of froth< the n.
Origin of frothME frothen
- A mass of bubbles in or on a liquid; foam.
- Salivary foam released as a result of disease or exhaustion.
- Something unsubstantial or trivial: “The frivolous side of the Sixties—fashion, pop culture, sex—should not be dismissed as mere froth and show” (Tony Judt).
- High prices unwarranted by economic fundamentals: a housing market with a lot of froth.
- A fit of anger or vexation: was in a froth over the long delay.
verbfrothed, froth·ing, froths
- To cover with foam.
- To cause to foam.
Origin of frothMiddle English, from Old Norse frodha.
(countable and uncountable, plural froths)
(third-person singular simple present froths, present participle frothing, simple past and past participle frothed)
- To create froth in.
- I like to froth my coffee for ten seconds exactly.
- (intransitive) To bubble.
- The chemical frothed up when I added the acid.
- To spit, vent, or eject, as froth.
- To cover with froth.
- A horse froths his chain.
Noun attested around 1300, from Old Norse froða, from Proto-Germanic *fruþōn; Old English afreoðan (“to froth”) is from same Germanic root. Verb attested from late 14th century.