Definition of lather noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈlɑːðə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæðər//
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  • [uncountable, singular] a white mass of small bubbles that is produced by mixing soap with water to work up a good lather
  • Word OriginOld English læthor (denoting washing soda or its froth), lēthran (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse lauthr (noun), from an Indo-European root shared by Greek loutron ‘bath’.Idioms
    get into a lather, work yourself into a lather
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    (informal) to get anxious or angry about something, especially when it is not necessary Calm down—don’t work yourself into a lather about it. See related entries: Excitement, Anger
    (British English, informal) in a nervous, angry or excited state synonym worked up Dad was in a right lather about something.
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