Lather definition

lăthər
A foam formed by soap or detergent agitated in water, as in washing or shaving.
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Froth formed by profuse sweating, as on a horse.
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(informal) To give a beating to; whip.
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To spread with or as if with lather.
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(informal) A condition of anxious or heated discomposure; agitation.

The students were in a lather over the proposed restrictions.

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The foam made by rapidly stirring soap and water.
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Foam from profuse sweating, as of a horse.
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A state of agitation.
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To cover with lather.
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To beat or whip.
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(intransitive) To form lather or froth, as a horse does when profusely sweating.
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To produce lather; foam.
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To become coated with lather.
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The foam or froth formed by soap or other detergent in water.
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Foamy sweat, as that on a racehorse.
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(slang) An excited or agitated state.
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To cover with lather.
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(informal) To flog soundly.
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To form, or become covered with, lather.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lather
Plural:
soapsuds

Origin of lather

  • Probably from Middle English latheren to wash or soak clothes from Old English lēthran to cover with lather leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English lather, from Old English lÄ“aþor (“a kind of niter used for soap, soda"), from Proto-Germanic *lauþrÄ… (“that which is used for washing, soap"), from Proto-Indo-European *lowʰ₃-tro- (“that which is used for washing"), from Proto-Indo-European *lawe-, *lewʰ₃-, *lowʰ₃- (“to wash, bathe"). Cognate with Swedish lödder (“lather, foam, froth, soap"), Icelandic löður (“foam, froth, a kind of niter used for soap"), Old Irish lóathar (“wash-basin"), Ancient Greek λουτρόν (loutrón, “a bath, wash-room"), Latin lavō (“wash"), Albanian laj (“I wash"), Ancient Greek λούω (loúō). More at lye.

    From Wiktionary

  • Frm Middle English *lethren, from Old English lēþrian, lȳþrian, *lÄ«eþrian (“to anoint, smear, lather"), from Old English lÄ“aþor (“a kind of niter used for soap, soda"). See above.

    From Wiktionary