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

     

    lather

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈlɑːðə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæðər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lather
    BrE BrE//ˈlɑːðə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæðər//
     
    he / she / it lathers
    BrE BrE//ˈlɑːðəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæðərz//
     
    past simple lathered
    BrE BrE//ˈlɑːðəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæðərd//
     
    past participle lathered
    BrE BrE//ˈlɑːðəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæðərd//
     
    -ing form lathering
    BrE BrE//ˈlɑːðərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæðərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] lather something to cover something with lather I lathered my face and started to shave.
  2. 2[intransitive] to produce lather Soap does not lather well in hard water.
  3. Word Origin Old 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’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lather