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tr.v. slath·ered, slath·er·ing, slath·ers Informal
a. To spread or smear in large amounts: slathered sunscreen on his arms.
b. To cover with something spread or smeared in large amounts: slathered the bagels with cream cheese.
n. often slathers Informal
A great amount: slathers of money.
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1. (usually plural) informal a large quantity
2. open slather slang Austral and NZ a situation in which there are no restrictions; free-for-all
3. to squander or waste
4. to spread thickly or lavishly
[C19: of unknown origin]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. to spread or apply thickly: to slather butter on toast.
2. to spread something thickly on (usu. fol. by with): to slather toast with butter.
3. to spend or use lavishly.n.
4. Often, slathers. a generous amount.
[1810–20, orig. uncertain]
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Slathera large quantity.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: slathered
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