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English noun: lather

1. lather (object) the froth produced by soaps or detergents

Synonymssoapsuds, suds

Broader (hypernym)foam, froth

Narrower (hyponym)shaving cream, shaving soap

2. lather (state) agitation resulting from active worry

SamplesDon't get in a stew.
He's in a sweat about exams.

Synonymsfret, stew, sweat, swither

Broader (hypernym)agitation

3. lather (person) a workman who puts up laths

Broader (hypernym)working man, working person, workingman, workman

4. lather (object) the foam resulting from excessive sweating (as on a horse)

Broader (hypernym)foam, froth

English verb: lather

1. lather (contact) beat severely with a whip or rod

SamplesThe teacher often flogged the students.
The children were severely trounced.

ExamplesThey want to lather the prisoners

Synonymsflog, lash, slash, strap, trounce, welt, whip

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)beat, beat up, work over

Narrower (hyponym)birch, cat, cowhide, flagellate, horsewhip, leather, scourge, switch

2. lather (change) form a lather

SamplesThe shaving cream lathered.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)effervesce, fizz, foam, form bubbles, froth, sparkle

3. lather (body) exude sweat or lather

SamplesThis unfit horse lathers easily.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)froth

4. lather (body) rub soap all over, usually with the purpose of cleaning

ExamplesDid he lather his foot?


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)clean, cleanse

Entaillave, wash

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