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FROTH, n. frauth. [Gr.]
n. & v. --n. 1 a a collection of small bubbles in liquid, caused by shaking, fermenting, etc.; foam. b impure matter on liquid, scum. 2 a idle talk or ideas. b anything unsubstantial or of little worth. --v. 1 intr. emit or gather froth (frothing at the mouth). 2 tr. cause (beer etc.) to foam. Phrases and idioms: froth-blower Brit. joc. a beer-drinker (esp. as a designation of a member of a charitable organization). Derivatives: frothily adv. frothiness n. frothy adj. (frothier, frothiest). Etymology: ME f. ON frotha, frauth f. Gmc
Froth Froth, n. [OE. frothe, Icel. fro[eth]a; akin to Dan. fraade, Sw. fradga, AS. [=a]freo[eth]an to froth.] 1. The bubbles caused in fluids or liquors by fermentation or agitation; spume; foam; esp., a spume of saliva caused by disease or nervous excitement. 2. Any empty, senseless show of wit or eloquence; rhetoric without thought. --Johnson. It was a long speech, but all froth. --L'Estrange. 3. Light, unsubstantial matter. --Tusser. Froth insect (Zo["o]l.), the cuckoo spit or frog hopper; -- called also froth spit, froth worm, and froth fly. Froth spit. See Cuckoo spit, under Cuckoo.
Froth Froth, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Frothed; p. pr. & vb. n.. Frothing.] 1. To cause to foam. 2. To spit, vent, or eject, as froth. He . . . froths treason at his mouth. --Dryden. Is your spleen frothed out, or have ye more? --Tennyson. 3. To cover with froth; as, a horse froths his chain.
Froth Froth, v. i. To throw up or out spume, foam, or bubbles; to foam; as beer froths; a horse froths.
(froths, frothing, frothed) 1. Froth is a mass of small bubbles on the surface of a liquid. ...the froth of bubbles on the top of a glass of beer... The froth is blown away. = foam N-UNCOUNT 2. If a liquid froths, small bubbles appear on its surface. The sea froths over my feet... Add a little of the warmed milk and allow to froth a little. VERB: V prep, V 3. If you refer to an activity or object as froth, you disapprove of it because it appears exciting or attractive, but has very little real value or importance. No substance at all, just froth... [disapproval]
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