Definition of froth in US English:



  • 1A mass of small bubbles in liquid caused by agitation, fermentation, etc.; foam.

    ‘leave the yeast until there is a good head of froth’
    • ‘The white froth of the waves would bubble and sizzle, before retreating back into the vast ocean.’
    • ‘Well, really quite cross anyway, sufficiently furious to blow the froth off a cappuccino perhaps.’
    • ‘Moments later he returned carrying a coffee mug topped off with froth.’
    • ‘The water is no longer green; it's frenzied, white froth.’
    • ‘of course it is, I make the best hot chocolate in the world, I whisk it up so it has loads of froth on the top and its all smooth and creamy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ann's cappuccino came in a good sized mug, with a generous head of froth.’
    • ‘The galaxy itself is turning, as shown in the example in the photograph, sort of like the spiraling froth on the top of a cup of cocoa after it's been stirred.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘White bubbles of froth jostle on the head of my pint of beer.’
    • ‘Chris on the other hand was silent as she watched the wooden stirring stick turn the white froth on top of her latté the caramel brown of the coffee.’
    • ‘Froth reserved soup with immersion blender and top each serving with froth.’
    • ‘With a blast of froth, Herbie emerges from the icy deep and drives happily on the surface of the water, like a racing-striped dog-paddler.’
    • ‘Sometimes the patient will only drink the froth on the top of a brew.’
    • ‘This well-priced and pristine champagne has elegant lemon, fine bubbles and a vigorous froth.’
    • ‘The waves broke in lethargic flops and meandered forward in fingers of white froth.’
    • ‘Lift a spoonful of the pale froth and it tastes clean and pure.’
    • ‘He had almost finished this particular cow and the bucket was full almost to the brim, in fact some of the deep froth (the sign of a good milker) was almost but not quite spilling over.’
    • ‘Nowadays, with our quasi-continental ways, we want froth on top.’
    • ‘The video has shots of chicken waste being dumped into the stream and effluent gushing into the river and whipping up white froth that covers the surface of the water.’
    foam, lather, head, suds
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    1. 1.1 Impure matter that rises to the surface of liquid.
      ‘skim off any surface froth’
      • ‘Bring them to the boil, skim off the froth on the top and leave them to cook.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, skim off and discard the froth from the top of the rested batter.’
      film, layer, covering, foam, suds, dross, dirt
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    2. 1.2 Something that rises or overflows in a soft, light mass.
      ‘her skirt swirled in a froth of black lace’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘And who said that this column is all froth and bubbles?’
    • ‘An active and informed public is the true guardian of freedom and democracy, and the posturing of politicians mere bubble and froth along the way.’
    • ‘But it would be an obtuse reader who dismissed her books as mere froth, who failed to see beneath the humour to the sleeping monster that periodically wakens and roars darkly through the comedy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Give them more than froth and nothing but froth because they are old hands at such light comedies.’
    • ‘But along the way, as this new commercial revolution develops, there will be plenty of froth and lots of bubbles.’
    • ‘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 two unsigned singer/songwriters embarked on performances that reassured the music, faithful that beneath the commercial froth there's some real talent nestled right here in south Wales.’
    • ‘Is this anything more than a high school clique driven by some clever technology and piggybacking on a resurgence of late - 90s internet froth?’
    • ‘Obviously I'm aware my contribution, such as it is, isn't particularly substantial but I think that froth has its place and I work hard to do my job well.’
    • ‘The froth and the nonsense will blow away because we have a challenge.’
    • ‘Instead, the early froth gave way to stout depths.’
    • ‘It just goes to show that perhaps there may be a bit too much froth and not quite enough substance in the so-called high growth coffee market.’
    • ‘Many books that are superficially history books are easily detected as political propaganda or inspirational froth.’
    • ‘Articulate and thoughtful, his often enigmatic lyrics go way beyond most of pop and rock's froth to explore deeper issues.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People who have no direct experience of the American system can make the mistake of thinking that US politics is all froth and no substance.’
    • ‘Part soap, part farce, the series is undeniably slight, a feelgood bubble of bawdy froth.’
    • ‘Under the surface of such froth are intense long-running concerns, which have recently ignited Hollywood activism.’
    • ‘There's lots more top quality speculation and opportunistic froth where this came from.’
    trivia, trifles, irrelevancies, nonsense, rubbish, trash, pap
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  • 1Form or contain a rising or overflowing mass of small bubbles.

    ‘he took a quick sip of beer as it frothed out of the can’
    ‘scooping salmon out of the frothing gorge’
    • ‘It twirls helplessly in the centre of the bath, quickly loosing more and more of itself, bubbling, frothing, and disappearing.’
    • ‘Homogenized milk froths and boils over, and also curdles more readily.’
    • ‘She poured a little experimentally into the water, and smiled when it turned to bubbles, frothing in great white mounds.’
    • ‘The floods came quickly, paddy fields filled up and overflowed as their trickling water channels became frothing torrents, the little streams and becks that characterised Kendip transformed into surging mud flows.’
    • ‘Not only were there bubbles, the bright red oxygenated blood actually frothed.’
    • ‘The syrup will begin to froth and bubble and will gradually turn a golden color.’
    • ‘Normal bubble baths will froth excessively with whirlpools and must not be used.’
    • ‘This chilled yoghurt and cucumber soup is light, immensely refreshing and incredibly pretty, frothing up in the blender to a pale, minty green.’
    • ‘The juice bubbled and frothed through the open bung hole, and was said to be working or fretting.’
    • ‘A minute later, the water began to boil and froth at the edge of the pier.’
    • ‘The water frothed and boiled as the guys in the grey suits competed for a meal.’
    • ‘The rock was a faded red - the sea crashed and foamed against it, the surf boomed and frothed, ebbing and rippling with the tide.’
    • ‘Though blood frothed on his lip Mathias' voice had lost none of that boom and resonance.’
    • ‘The waves (or rather the beginnings of waves) washed over the rocks below and bubbled and frothed at our feet.’
    • ‘The outside starts bubbling and frothing, and turns black.’
    • ‘Douglas stood there for a moment, saliva frothing on his lips.’
    • ‘Salads, fruit, various cakes, and soups smoked, bubbled and frothed before the assembled creatures.’
    • ‘Ahead, lay a sleepy Nubian town, and beyond lay an angry cataract; the water boiled and frothed through the gorge and over hidden rocks.’
    • ‘She stared at it for a moment before taking it and finishing off the warm, frothing liquid.’
    • ‘The facial wash frothed up well leaving my skin almost squeaky clean.’
    bubble, fizz, foam, cream, lather
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    1. 1.1 Rise or overflow in a soft, light mass.
      ‘she wore an ivory silk blouse, frothing at neck and cuffs’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The sleeves were immense, turned back at the cuff and held with diamond clasps to reveal the plain white silk of the undersleeve; her wrists were hidden beneath frothing white lace.’
      • ‘Flowered silks frothed over crinoline skirts in a twisted take on the milkmaids immortalized by 18th century painter Fragonard.’
    2. 1.2with object Agitate (a liquid) so as to produce a mass of small bubbles.
      • ‘You make a hole in the shell of an egg, run the white into a cup, and then froth it with a quill.’
      • ‘Spoon frothed chocolate milk on top to ‘cap’ the cappuccino and retain the heat.’
      • ‘To finish the sauce, using an immersion blender, froth the sauce until foamy, add the crayfish meat, and set aside keeping warm.’
      • ‘‘Too bad,’ he said, frothing my milk, ‘then you really would have a story.’’
      • ‘It's interesting that there are two very distinct schools of thought on how milk should be frothed.’
      • ‘Using steam attachment for cappuccino machine, froth milk until light and foamy.’
      • ‘Briskly froth the mixture with a small metal whisk or bamboo tea whisk until a blanket of foam coats the top, like an espresso.’
      • ‘It heats the milk while frothing it with a whisk.’
      • ‘I may have to invest in a small coffee plunger, so I can froth my own milk.’
      • ‘He poured in the orange scented bubble bath soap, frothing the water to build up a big head of bubbles.’
      • ‘Use immersion blender or cappuccino machine steam attachment to froth the carrot foam mixture.’
      • ‘Froth sauce using a hand-held immersion blender and drizzle foam atop ravioli.’
      • ‘Froth the crayfish sauce using a hand-held immersion blender.’
      • ‘The mixing of the colors of the milk and the coffee is the best evidence that the milk has been frothed to perfection.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You can luxuriate in the coffee's aroma and listen to the soothing bubbling sound from the bar as another jug of milk is frothed.’
      • ‘A Dry Cappuccino is a double shot of espresso with little or no steamed milk, but frothed milk on top.’
      • ‘Even if you don't like espresso, you will like frothing the milk.’


  • froth at the mouth

    • 1Emit a large amount of saliva from the mouth in a bodily seizure.

      • ‘By the time he arrived, several more hours later, I was beginning to froth at the mouth.’
      • ‘I was screaming, cussing, frothing at the mouth.’
      • ‘His eyes rolled frighteningly, he frothed at the mouth.’
      • ‘Oddly, I felt more dressed-down by his gracious reply than I'd have been had he frothed at the mouth.’
      • ‘I realize everyone else is frothing at the mouth about Iran.’
      • ‘The camera continues its pan to the far wall of the tent, where a very unhealthy-looking girl is frothing at the mouth!’
      • ‘She actually started frothing at the mouth in her rage.’
      • ‘Behind the fence, a man with wild eyes stands frothing at the mouth.’
      • ‘Leftists try to gain kudos for themselves by frothing at the mouth over such attempts.’
      • ‘Many newspapers were far more vehement, frothing at the mouth at the very idea of allocating any extra funding to public services.’
      1. 1.1informal Display intense anger.
        ‘one can barely read a word about them without frothing at the mouth’
        • ‘Meanwhile, in the US columnists are frothing at the mouth over the Puyallup School District's decision to ban Halloween celebrations.’
        • ‘So, my critics can call me a psychopath and fire spitballs at me and froth at the mouth when an ex-president sends me a nasty letter.’
        • ‘His worst nightmare came true the day before when he spotted some of his sheep frothing at the mouth.’
        • ‘Does he have any answer other than the usual frothing at the mouth and raving about how Government is EVIL?’
        • ‘The bull market has got everyone frothing at the mouth.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Some people start frothing at the mouth at the mere suggestion that we let our sacrosanct sovereignty be sullied by taking American interests into consideration, but that won't change reality.’
        • ‘Strauss disciples do seem to be rather prominent in the Bush administration and that does of course get the Left frothing at the mouth and trotting out their usual conspiracy theories.’
        • ‘Any number of architects will froth at the mouth at such terms as ‘systems architect’.’
        • ‘From all accounts it was a very close call for the lad involved who was frothing at the mouth and disorientated for a time.’
        • ‘Rather for 60 minutes, the mascot, foaming and frothing at the mouth, curses the opposition, the referee, his own team etc.’
        • ‘Although some southerners frothed at the mouth at the mere thought of its publication, others, especially historians, thought it made a good contribution to the history of the South.’
        • ‘She urinated on herself and began frothing at the mouth.’
        • ‘He would fly into a fit of rage and threaten to kill his father or mother, and would froth at the mouth whenever they attempted to force him to obey a command.’
        be furious, be enraged, be angry, be incensed, be infuriated, be beside oneself, have lost one's temper, have a fit, boil, seethe, be boiling over, chafe, rage, be in a rage, rant, rave, rant and rave, storm, fume, smoulder, spit, breathe fire, burn
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Late Middle English: from Old Norse frotha, frauth.