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1. A foam formed by soap or detergent agitated in water, as in washing or shaving.
2. Froth formed by profuse sweating, as on a horse.
3. Informal A condition of anxious or heated discomposure; agitation: The students were in a lather over the proposed restrictions.
v. lath·ered, lath·er·ing, lath·ers
1. To spread with or as if with lather.
2. Informal To give a beating to; whip.
1. To produce lather; foam.
2. To become coated with lather.

[Probably from Middle English latheren, to wash or soak clothes, from Old English lēthran, to cover with lather; see leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots.]

lath′er·er n.
lath′er·y adj.
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Adj.1.lathery - resembling lather or covered with lather


Consisting of or resembling foam:
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KARACHI -- The 400-bedded Sindh Government Gulshan e Iqbal Hospital has not completed as yet despite the lapse nine years due to traditional lathery and apathy of bureaucracy of Government of Sindh.
Although Clarkson helped me locate a handful of mature bucks, a couple of them ran before we could even get out of the Polaris Ranger, although a few did give me the privilege of crawling hundreds of yards through sagebrush and prickly pear cacti, getting my hands full of cactus quills and working up a lathery sweat before beating a hasty retreat.
The soaps don't feel the same as conventional bars and each has its own properties and style, some are creamy, some hard, some more lathery than others.