A person has created a soapy lather on their hands.
- the foam or froth formed by soap or other detergent in water
- foamy sweat, as that on a racehorse
- ☆ Slang an excited or agitated state
Origin of latherMiddle English ; from Old English leathor, washing soda or soap, akin to Old Norse lauthr, washing soda, foam ; from Indo-European an unverified form loutro- ; from base an unverified form lou-, to lave
- to cover with lather
- Informal to flog soundly
- A foam formed by soap or detergent agitated in water, as in washing or shaving.
- Froth formed by profuse sweating, as on a horse.
- Informal A condition of anxious or heated discomposure; agitation: The students were in a lather over the proposed restrictions.
verblath·ered, lath·er·ing, lath·ers
- To spread with or as if with lather.
- Informal To give a beating to; whip.
- To produce lather; foam.
- To become coated with lather.
Origin of latherProbably from Middle English latheren, to wash or soak clothes, from Old English lēthran, to cover with lather; see leu(&schwa;)- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural lathers)
From Middle English lather, from Old English lÄ“aÃ¾or (â€œa kind of niter used for soap, sodaâ€), from Proto-Germanic *lauÃ¾rÄ… (â€œthat which is used for washing, soapâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *lowÊ°â‚ƒ-tro- (â€œthat which is used for washingâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *lawe-, *lewÊ°â‚ƒ-, *lowÊ°â‚ƒ- (â€œto wash, batheâ€). Cognate with Swedish lÃ¶dder (â€œlather, foam, froth, soapâ€), Icelandic lÃ¶Ã°ur (â€œfoam, froth, a kind of niter used for soapâ€), Old Irish lÃ³athar (â€œwash-basinâ€), Ancient Greek Î»Î¿Ï…Ï„ÏÏŒÎ½ (loutrÃ³n, â€œa bath, wash-roomâ€), Latin lavÅ (â€œwashâ€), Albanian laj (â€œI washâ€), Ancient Greek Î»Î¿ÏÏ‰ (loÃºÅ). More at lye.
(third-person singular simple present lathers, present participle lathering, simple past and past participle lathered)
Frm Middle English *lethren, from Old English lÄ“Ã¾rian, lÈ³Ã¾rian, *lÄ«eÃ¾rian (â€œto anoint, smear, latherâ€), from Old English lÄ“aÃ¾or (â€œa kind of niter used for soap, sodaâ€). See above.