Definition of froth in English:

froth

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Pronunciation: /frɒθ
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1A mass of small bubbles in liquid caused by agitation, fermentation, or salivating: leave the yeast until there is a good head of froth
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    • White bubbles of froth jostle on the head of my pint of beer.
    • From the dinky tin the adherent would peel back the paper lid and remove several spoonfuls of the inert powder, add tapwater, stir and watch in amazement as a lurid froth began to bubble away.
    • Tilt each glass and pour the remaining champagne in a dribble down the inside of the glasses, so that you minimise the froth and maximise the bubbles.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1Impure matter that rises to the surface of liquid: skim off any surface froth
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    • The bubbles form a particle - containing froth at the surface that can be skimmed off.
    • Place the smoked gammon knuckle, yellow split peas, chopped carrots, celery, onion and bay leaves in your largest pot, cover with the water and bring to the boil, skimming off any froth as it rises to the surface.
    • Bring them to the boil, skim off the froth on the top and leave them to cook.
  • 1.2Something that rises in a soft, light mass: her skirt swirled in a froth of black lace
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    • In sunny spots Rhondeletia amoena is beginning to make an appearance, its froth of salmon pink flowers opening to release their intoxicating scent.
  • 2Worthless or insubstantial talk, ideas, or activities: the froth of party politics
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    • Finally, I am only left to say that your reply to me has been mere froth and bubble, being all sizzle and no steak.
    • The editorials too often were equivocal; the Saturday edition gravitated towards froth and bubble where lifestyle matters ruled and the Business Section was in radical need of surgery.
    • After all the froth, all the frenzy, all the ridiculous hyperbole, the new Howard / Blair contest was put neatly into context by a Yorkshire MP.
    Synonyms
    trivia, trifles, irrelevancies, nonsense, rubbish, trash, pap; British candyfloss
    informal drivel, twaddle, hot air, gas

verb

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  • 1Form or contain a rising or overflowing mass of small bubbles: the red blood frothed at his lips
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    • Not only were there bubbles, the bright red oxygenated blood actually frothed.
    • The facial wash frothed up well leaving my skin almost squeaky clean.
    • Though blood frothed on his lip Mathias' voice had lost none of that boom and resonance.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1Rise in a soft, light mass: she wore an ivory silk blouse, frothing at neck and cuffs
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    • Flowered silks frothed over crinoline skirts in a twisted take on the milkmaids immortalized by 18th century painter Fragonard.
    • In his physical prime, which seemed to last a long time, the face had a fine-boned handsomeness that sometimes appeared attractively vulnerable, set in the frothing hair that could look like a nimbus with the light behind him.
    • So, under all those severe Loden coats and sensible skirts shrouding the Viennese women passing us by in the Stephansplatz, there's actually a riot of frothing lace and silk?
  • 1.2 [with object] Agitate (a liquid) so as to produce a mass of small bubbles: users found it easy to froth milk for cappuccino
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    • He poured in the orange scented bubble bath soap, frothing the water to build up a big head of bubbles.
    • An integrated steam sprout can be used to froth milk for cappuccino or hot chocolate and a hot water spout for making tea or single cups of coffee.
    • ‘Too bad,’ he said, frothing my milk, ‘then you really would have a story.’
  • 1.3Behave or talk angrily: the cinema lobby frothed with indignation
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    • Great to see the wingers frothing and stamping about ABC doing what CBS did.
    • When you see Delay frothing and stamping on the tube, think of this bill.
    • It'd be frothing about Uncle Ken wasting more of your money, especially as high-class Standard readers never catch the things anyway.

Phrases

froth at the mouth

Emit a large amount of saliva from the mouth in a bodily seizure.
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  • By the time he arrived, several more hours later, I was beginning to froth at the mouth.
  • Oddly, I felt more dressed-down by his gracious reply than I'd have been had he frothed at the mouth.
  • The camera continues its pan to the far wall of the tent, where a very unhealthy-looking girl is frothing at the mouth!
informal Be very angry: one can barely read a word without frothing at the mouth
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  • The court was told that a passing traffic warden found the dog frothing at the mouth and desperately trying to paw its way out of the air-tight car as temperatures soared over 80 degrees outside.
  • From all accounts it was a very close call for the lad involved who was frothing at the mouth and disorientated for a time.
  • His worst nightmare came true the day before when he spotted some of his sheep frothing at the mouth.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old Norse frotha, frauth.

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