- 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,
- 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, The Railway Children, Chapter 7,
- “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, New York: Hill and Wang, 1993, p. 28,
- They wash their clothes in running streams with lathery weeds—too poor to buy soap.
- 1957, James Agee, A Death in the Family, 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.
resembling or covered in lather