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lather +‎ -y


lathery (comparative more lathery, superlative most lathery)

  1. Resembling or covered in lather.
    Synonyms: foamy, frothy
    This new shaving cream isn't as lathery as the old stuff: there just aren't as many bubbles to be had.
    • 1824, James Atkinson, “Peer Mahommud; The Moralist,” stanza 51, in The City of Palaces, Calcutta: Government Gazette Press, p. 128,[1]
      Thus rapidly my little tale advances,
      And now we come to him, who lives to shave!
      The lathery Knight of Razors, not of lances,
      And without question more a fool than knave.
    • 1906, E. Nesbit, chapter 7, in The Railway Children[2]:
      “Oh, no!” said Bobbie, greatly shocked; “you don’t rub muslin. You put the boiled soap in the hot water and make it all frothy-lathery—and then you shake the muslin and squeeze it, ever so gently, and all the dirt comes out. []
    • 1931, Langston Hughes, “People without Shoes”, in I Wonder As I Wander[3], New York: Hill and Wang, published 1993, page 28:
      They wash their clothes in running streams with lathery weeds—too poor to buy soap.
    • 1957, James Agee, A Death in the Family[4], New York: Bantam, Part 1, Chapter 2, p. 26:
      He cleaned up the basin and flushed the lathery, hairy bits of toilet paper down the water closet.