Meaning of lather

lath•er

Pronunciation: (la'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. foam or froth made by a detergent, esp. soap, when stirred or rubbed in water, as by a brush used in shaving or by hands in washing.
  2. foam or froth formed in profuse sweating, as on a horse.
  3. a state of excitement, agitation, nervous tension, or the like: He was in a lather over my delay.
—v.i.
  1. to form a lather: a soap that lathers well.
  2. to become covered with lather, as a horse.
—v.t.
  1. to apply lather to; cover with lather: He lathered his face before shaving.
  2. to beat or whip.

lath•er

Pronunciation: (lath'ur, lä'thur), [key]
— n.
  1. a worker who puts up laths.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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