Lather



[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.
[lath-er, lah-ther] /ˈlæθ ər, ˈlɑ θər/
noun
1.
a worker who puts up .
/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
n.

Old English lauþr “foam, washing soda,” from Proto-Germanic *lauþran (cf. Old Norse lauðr “washing soap, foam”), from PIE *loutro- (cf. Gaulish lautron, Old Irish loathar “bathing tub,” Greek louein “to bathe,” Latin lavere “to wash”), which is from root *leu(e)- “to wash” + instrumentative suffix *-tro-. The modern noun might be a 16c. redevelopment from the verb. Meaning “violent perspiration” (especially of horses) is from 1650s. Meaning “state of agitation” (such as induces sweating) is from 1839.
v.

Old English laþran, from Proto-Germanic *lauþrjan (cf. Old Norse leyðra “to clean, wash;” see lather (n.)). Related: Lathered; lathering.

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]
see: in a lather

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