Definition of slather in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈslaT͟Hər/


[with object] informal
Spread or smear (a substance) thickly or liberally: slather on some tanning lotion biscuits slathered with butter
More example sentences
  • When finished, remove from the fire, slather on the garlic butter, and set aside for five minutes.
  • After the hive adventure, I now truly appreciate the effort, from bees and dedicated bee-keepers alike, that goes into the honey I slather on to toast or drizzle over porridge.
  • You can't slather on powder when every grain looks like a boulder on your client's face.


(often slathers) North American informal
A large amount of something: slathers of cream
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  • We had it for tea, toasted for breakfast, and as a foundation for fruit desserts, with fresh or poached berries, poached plums or peaches, and slathers of heavy cream poured over everything.
  • We headed down to the river's edge wearing shorts, swimsuits, life jackets, tennis shoes (no flip-flops allowed), and a generous slather of suntan lotion.
  • This unique stone layer runs in an ellipse across France and is also responsible for the best Champagne, Sancerre and a slather of great German wines.


Early 19th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with slather

blather, foregather, gather

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Syllabification: slath·er

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