Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Informal To use or give great amounts of; lavish: slathered gifts and attention on their only child.
  • transitive v. To spread thickly: slather onions on the steak.
  • transitive v. To cover with something spread thickly: bagels slathered with cream cheese.
  • n. Slang A great amount. Often used in the plural: slathers of jewels.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A generous or abundant quantity.
  • v. To spread something thickly on something else; to coat well.
  • v. To apply generously upon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A quantity; a large piece: usually in the plural.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. spread thickly

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The Plugra butter slather is the best way to sample breads, IMHO.

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  • Though I confess to a moment of personal outrage when I was stuck behind an elderly woman at the grocery store the other day who decided to "slather" herself head to wrinkled toe in some sort of nauseating concoction.

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  • Real stucco is made from concrete and mortar and they just kind of slather it on there and paint it.

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  • I'd be the one coming back in line asking if I could get a plain cheese sandwich without the premixed "slather" (one part mustard to five parts mayo) and maybe run under the broiler for thirty seconds.

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  • Or does this inspire you to similarly tease your hair, slather on a terrifyingly dark shade of lipstick, and hang some door-knockers from your ears?

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  • AFTER A QUICK SHOWER, I stand naked in front of the full-length mirror in the bedroom and assess myself as I slather Lubriderm over my arms and legs.

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  • I'll happily slather ketchup on a common or garden "patty" like an overexcited three-year-old, but a tenderly seared piece of skirt, or a hand-crafted burger deserves better.

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  • A slather of sunscreens from various bottles and tubes, and some time with the rose bushes and the lawn.

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  • In our anticipation of rising temperatures, this time of year often prompts in us the urge to splurge on sandals, slather on sunscreen and show some skin.

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  • Packers-Steelers is a showcase and celebration of what makes pro football great, and it's hard not to slather on the hyperbole: Blue-collar teams hailing from gritty, all-American towns.

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