AskDefine | Define lather

Dictionary Definition



1 the froth produced by soaps or detergents [syn: soapsuds, suds]
2 agitation resulting from active worry; "don't get in a stew"; "he's in a sweat about exams" [syn: fret, stew, sweat, swither]
3 a workman who puts up laths
4 the foam resulting from excessive sweating (as on a horse)


1 cover with soap; "lather your body when you shower"
2 beat severely with a whip or rod; "The teacher often flogged the students"; "The children were severely trounced" [syn: flog, welt, whip, lash, slash, strap, trounce]
3 form a lather; "The shaving cream lathered"
4 rub soap all over, usually with the purpose of cleaning [syn: soap]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a RP , /ˈlæðə(r)/, /"l

Extensive Definition

Lather may refer to:
  • Foam, a substance formed by gas bubbles trapped in a liquid or solid
  • Läther (pronounced "leather"), a Frank Zappa album
  • Lather, a song by Jefferson Airplane

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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