Last modified on 26 May 2014, at 13:53

afroth

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

a- +‎ froth

AdjectiveEdit

afroth (not comparable)

  1. Covered with froth, foam.
    • 1969, Robert Coover, Pricksongs & descants: fictions[1], page 170:
      Fine the horses, with flying manes and tight lithe bodies, shoulders sweating, muscles rippling, mouths afroth.
    • 2005, Robin Cody, Ricochet River[2], page 139:
      Like an underwater detonation, the pool was afroth with flapping and splashing.
  2. (figuratively) Full of, or covered with something.
    • 1908 August 20, “Women in Print”, Evening Post, page 9:
      The charms of a blue-eyed chestnut-haired maiden in a turquoise muslin, with a brown boa, and a brown chip hat afroth with brown feathers, could not be gainsaid.
    • 1960, John Barth, The Sot-Weed Factor:
      [] Ebenezer Cooke [] who [] had learned the knack of versifying, and ground out quires of couplets after the fashion of the day, afroth with Joves and Jupiters, aclang with jarring rhymes, and string-taut with similes stretched to the snapping-point.
  3. (figuratively) Excited.
    • 2005 March 1, Lynn Jaeger, “Toxic Tank Tops, and Other Oscar Revelations”, The Village Voice:
      Last Saturday, the day before the Oscars, when the entire fashion world was afroth about which starlet was planning to wear what the next night, a small item in The New York Times caught our eye.
    • 2008 January 26, Mitch Potter, “Times' editorial page calls for intervention to save Winehouse”, TheStar.com:
      The weighty editorial page of The Times of London doesn't make a habit of devoting thought to the travails of pop singers, whose exploits now more than ever keep the red-top British tabloids afroth.
    • 2008 September 3, Barney Ronay, “Can money buy success?”, The Guardian:
      Afroth with ambition, the new owners have already promised to win the Premier League, the Champions League and probably the Glenrothes by-election too.