A person has created a soapy lather on their hands.
lather definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
lather definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- 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: Probably from Middle English latheren, to wash or soak clothes, from Old English lēthran, to cover with lather; see leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots.
- lathˈer·er noun
- lathˈer·y adjective