• WordNet 3.6
    • v lather rub soap all over, usually with the purpose of cleaning
    • v lather exude sweat or lather "this unfit horse lathers easily"
    • v lather form a lather "The shaving cream lathered"
    • v lather beat severely with a whip or rod "The teacher often flogged the students","The children were severely trounced"
    • n lather the foam resulting from excessive sweating (as on a horse)
    • n lather the froth produced by soaps or detergents
    • n lather a workman who puts up laths
    • n lather agitation resulting from active worry "don't get in a stew","he's in a sweat about exams"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lather Foam from profuse sweating, as of a horse.
    • Lather Foam or froth made by soap moistened with water.
    • v. t Lather To beat severely with a thong, strap, or the like; to flog.
    • v. i Lather To form lather, or a froth like lather; to accumulate foam from profuse sweating, as a horse.
    • v. t Lather To spread over with lather; as, to lather the face.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lather Foam, froth, or suds made from soap moistened with water, as by a brush for shaving.
    • n lather Foam or froth formed in profuse sweating, as of a horse.
    • lather To form a foam or suds, as soap and water; become froth or frothy matter.
    • lather To spread lather on or over; apply lather to, as the face in shaving.
    • lather To flog; leather.
    • n lather A work-man who puts up laths for plaster-work.
    • n lather A dialectal variant of ladder.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lather lath′ėr a foam or froth made with water and soap: froth from sweat
    • v.t Lather to spread over with lather
    • v.i Lather to form a lather: to become frothy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. leáðor, niter, in leáðorwyrt, soapwort; cf. Icel. lauðr,; perh. akin to E. lye,


In literature:

Make a good lather of soap and water.
"Armour's Monthly Cook Book, Volume 2, No. 12, October 1913" by Various
While the old man sat moaning, they lathered his head with two scrubbing-brushes and shaved it clean.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
The animal was lathered with foam, its eyes bloodshot and its limbs trembling.
"Wilmshurst of the Frontier Force" by Percy F. Westerman
He had killed it that morning from his window, while shaving, for I saw the lather dried on the stock of his duck gun.
"A Village of Vagabonds" by F. Berkeley Smith
When a good lather appears, wash off with clear water.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
The beast's chest was foam-flecked, the white lather that billowed around its muzzle was stained darkly.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
They shot forward faster than ever, all steaming with foam and covered with lather.
"Dangers of the Trail in 1865" by Charles E Young
The horse's head passed abreast of her, then his white, lathered body.
"The Wall Between" by Sara Ware Bassett
The black horse was gray with dust and lather when he reined him in, spattering the spume flakes upon me.
"Lorimer of the Northwest" by Harold Bindloss
And that old paper to wipe the lather on, while you're at it.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower

In poetry:

"Take any soap, but take the pup
And also water take,
And mix the three discreetly up
Till they a lather make.
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
'Twas by that tail she held him down,
And presently she spread
The creamy lather on his back,
His stomach, and his head.
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
And higher yet the water rose,
The lather still increased,
And sadder still the countenance
Of that poor martyred beast!
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
Great smears of soap were here and there--
Her startled vision met
With blobs of lather everywhere,
And everything was wet!
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
A. Aye, as for nonsense, Joe, your head
Do hold it all so tight's a blather,
But if 'tis any good, do shed
It all so leäky as a lather.
Could you vill païls 'ithout a bottom,
Yourself that be so deeply skill'd?
"Riddles" by William Barnes
There comes a certing gintlemen with razier, soap, and lather,
A shaving most respectfully the POPE, our Holy Father.
And now the dread consperracy I'll quickly to you show,
Which them sanguinary Prodestants did form against NONO.
"A Woeful New Ballad Of The Protestant Conspiracy To Take The Pope’s Life" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

There may be nothing more pathetic than a hedge-fund manager worked up in a moral lather, complaining that he hasn't been treated fairly.
A rich Bacon lather for all skin types.
The Communicators have produced a number of special musical events over the past two years that consistently lather up their crowds with excitement.
Lathers works to return to football.
Signature experiences include Lather Lounge, a decadent room devoted entirely to the shine and strength of your hair.
From the moment Joakim Noah tipped home Kirk Hinrich's miss 28 seconds after Saturday night's tipoff, the Bulls' emotional leader worked himself into a lather.
New pains not halting UT linebacker Herman Lathers.
Homemade soap biz lathers up.
Homemade soap biz lathers up.
Named as the parish's teachers of the year for 2011-12 school year were Shontrece Lathers of Lake Pontchartrain, elementary division.
Lathering and rinsing is hardly a challenge.
The really luxurious, creamy ones tended to produce too thick of a lather for our purposes. has a nice thickness and not too much lather.
Do you remember those television commercials when a woman would get into the shower, lather up with Herbal Essences and have a very "Cosmo" moment (or as they called it a "Totally Organic Experience") and yell "Yes.
From MTV to Disney, choreographer Barry Lather is not afraid.