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a- +‎ foam



afoam (not comparable)

  1. In a foaming state; producing foam.
    The sea is all afoam.
    • 1849, Charlotte Brontë, chapter 15, in Shirley[1], volume 2, Leipzig: Tauchnitz, page 305:
      MacTurk, being summoned, came with steed afoam.
    • 1851 November 14, Herman Melville, “Chapter 100”, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, →OCLC, page 487:
      “Well, this old great-grandfather [whale], with the white head and hump, runs all afoam into the pod, and goes to snapping furiously at my fast-line.”
    • 1916, Aldous Huxley, “The Walk”, in Donald Watt, editor, The Collected Poetry of Aldous Huxley[2], New York: Harper & Row, published 1971, page 37:
      Sunday beer / Afoam in silver rumkins
    • 1998, J. P. Donleavy, Wrong Information Is Being Given Out at Princeton,[3], London: Little, Brown, page 73:
      a tugboat hauling barges, its bow afoam pushing its way through the ripples and waves
  2. Covered or filled (with something foaming or resembling foam).
    • 1896, John Todhunter, “The Fate of the Sons of Usna”, in Three Irish Bardic Tales,[4], London: J.M.Dent, page 112:
      mighty horns of ale, and cups of gold afoam / With strong nut-coloured mead
    • 1933, Lucy Maud Montgomery, chapter 32, in Pat of Silver Bush[5], Toronto: McClelland and Stewart:
      The garden was afoam with starry white cosmos backed by the stately phalanx of the Prince’s Feather.
    • 1988, Charlotte MacLeod (as Alisa Craig), The Grub-and-Stakers Pinch a Poke, New York: Avon, Chapter 6, p. 48,[6]
      [] Minerva [] arrived with a huge armload of costumes, followed by Zilla and a couple more, all afoam with petticoats.
    • 2000, Jan Thornhill, “Extremes” in Drought & Other Stories, Dunvegan, ON: Cormorant Books, p. 126,[7]
      Margot’s thick black hair afoam with Spic and Span, swooshing back and forth across a grimy kitchen floor


afoam (not comparable)

  1. In a foaming state.

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