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.

Definitions of lather
  1. noun
    the froth produced by soaps or detergents
    synonyms: soapsuds, suds
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    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
  2. noun
    the foam resulting from excessive sweating (as on a horse)
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    type of:
    foam, froth
    a mass of small bubbles formed in or on a liquid
  3. verb
    form a lather
    “The shaving cream lathered
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    type of:
    effervesce, fizz, foam, form bubbles, froth, sparkle
    become bubbly or frothy or foaming
  4. verb
    exude sweat or lather
    “this unfit horse lathers easily”
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    type of:
    froth
    exude or expel foam
  5. verb
    rub soap all over, usually with the purpose of cleaning
    synonyms: soap
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    type of:
    clean, cleanse
    clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
  6. noun
    agitation resulting from active worry
    synonyms: fret, stew, sweat, swither
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    type of:
    agitation
    a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
  7. noun
    a workman who puts up laths
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    working man, working person, workingman, workman
    an employee who performs manual or industrial labor
  8. verb
    beat severely with a whip or rod
    synonyms: flog, lash, slash, strap, trounce, welt, whip
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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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