lather

A lather is the froth soaps and detergents produce. Lathering also means to soap yourself up, and a lather can be a state of extreme agitation.

When you're taking a shower, you make the soap frothy: this is a lather, and you're lathering when you create it. Rubbing soap on your body is also called lathering. Since lather is a stirred-up form of soap, it can also apply to emotions that have been stirred up. Someone upset is in a lather. Getting in a lather usually results from worry or anger, and it's an unpleasant state of mind.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: lather

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nv
the froth produced by soaps or detergents
form a lather
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n
agitation resulting from active worry
3
n
a workman who puts up laths
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v
beat severely with a whip or rod
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: lather
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n the froth produced by soaps or detergents

Synonyms:
soapsuds, suds
Types:
shaving cream, shaving soap
toiletry consisting of a preparation of soap and fatty acids that forms a rich lather for softening the beard before shaving
Type of:
foam, froth
a mass of small bubbles formed in or on a liquid

n the foam resulting from excessive sweating (as on a horse)

Type of:
foam, froth
a mass of small bubbles formed in or on a liquid

v form a lather

“The shaving cream lathered
Type of:
effervesce, fizz, foam, form bubbles, froth, sparkle
become bubbly or frothy or foaming

v exude sweat or lather

“this unfit horse lathers easily”
Type of:
froth
exude or expel foam

v rub soap all over, usually with the purpose of cleaning

Synonyms:
soap
Type of:
clean, cleanse
clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
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n agitation resulting from active worry

Synonyms:
fret, stew, sweat, swither
Type of:
agitation
a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
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n a workman who puts up laths

Type of:
working man, working person, workingman, workman
an employee who performs manual or industrial labor
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v beat severely with a whip or rod

Synonyms:
flog, lash, slash, strap, trounce, welt, whip
Types:
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flagellate, scourge
whip
leather
whip with a leather strap
horsewhip
whip with a whip intended for horses
switch
flog with or as if with a flexible rod
cowhide
flog with a cowhide
cat
beat with a cat-o'-nine-tails
birch
whip with a birch twig
Type of:
beat, beat up, work over
give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
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