I. noun plural but singular or plural in construction Etymology: probably from Middle Dutch sudse marsh; akin to Old English sēothan to seethe — more at seethe Date: 1581 1. water impregnated with soap or a synthetic detergent compound and worked up into froth; also the lather or froth on such water 2. a. foam, froth b. beersudsless adjective II. verb Date: 1834 transitive verb to wash in suds intransitive verb to form suds

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  • suds — [sʌdz] n [plural] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from Middle Dutch sudse wet ground ] the mass of bubbles formed on the top of water with soap in it >sudsy adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • suds — [ sʌdz ] noun plural lots of small BUBBLES on top of water that has soap in it ╾ sud|sy adjective: sudsy water …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • suds — 1540s, dregs, leavings, muck, especially in East Anglia, ooze left by flood (this may be the original sense), perhaps borrowed from M.Du. sudse marsh, bog, cognate with O.E. soden, pp. of seoþan (see SEETHE (Cf. seethe)). Meaning soapy water… …   Etymology dictionary

  • suds — *foam, froth, spume, lather, scum, yeast …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • suds — ► PLURAL NOUN 1) froth made from soap and water. 2) N. Amer. informal beer. ► VERB chiefly N. Amer. ▪ cover or wash in soapy water. DERIVATIVES sudsy adjective. ORIGIN perhaps originally denoting the flood water of the fens; probably relat …   English terms dictionary

  • SUDS — This article relates to psychology for alternative usages of the acronym, please see SUDS (disambiguation) A SUDS or a Subjective Units of Disturbance Scale is a scale of 0 to 10 for measuring the subjective intensity of disturbance or distress… …   Wikipedia

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