The frothy soap bubbles you make when you wash your hands are suds. If you put too much detergent in your dishwasher, the kitchen floor could end up covered in suds.

Besides suds made from soap (the word is actually short for soapsuds), there are other foamy, frothy substances you can call suds. Sometimes the tide leaves suds on the beach, and you may be fond of sipping suds off the top of your root beer float. Because it's often topped with suds, beer itself is informally known as suds. In the 16th century, suds meant "dregs or muck."

Definitions of suds
  1. noun
    the froth produced by soaps or detergents
    synonyms: lather, soapsuds
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    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
    a dysphemism for beer (especially for lager that effervesces)
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    type of:
    a general name for alcoholic beverages made by fermenting a cereal (or mixture of cereals) flavored with hops
  3. verb
    wash in suds
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    type of:
    launder, wash
    cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water
  4. verb
    make froth or foam and become bubbly
    synonyms: froth, spume
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    type of:
    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
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