Quick answer
"Froth" is a noun which is often translated as "la espuma", and "lather" is a noun which is also often translated as "la espuma". Learn more about the difference between "froth" and "lather" below.
froth
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (foam)
a. la espuma
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Hot cocoa with a lot of froth tastes so much better.El chocolate caliente con mucha espuma sabe mucho mejor.
2. (foolishness)
a. la banalidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The protesters were just spouting a bunch of idealistic froth that was completely devoid of substance.Los manifestantes solo estaban soltando banalidades idealistas que carecían totalmente de sustancia.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to produce foam)
a. hacer espuma
The soup will eventually begin to froth.Después de un rato, la sopa empezará a hacer espuma.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to cause to foam)
a. espumar
The barista in the oversized glasses frothed the milk and bobbed her head to the music.La barista de los lentes extra grandes espumaba la leche y movía la cabeza al ritmo de la música.
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lather
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (bubbles)
a. la espuma
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The barber added water to the soap and worked up a good lather with his brush.El barbero le añadió agua al jabón y agitó la brocha hasta conseguir abundante espuma.
2. (sweat)
a. el sudor
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
At the end of the race, the horses were all in a lather.Al final de la carrera, todos los caballos estaban bañados en sudor.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(state of agitation)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Opposition politicians are in a lather about proposals to curtail their expenses.Los políticos de la oposición están que echan chispas ante las propuestas de recortes en sus gastos.
There's no need to get yourself in a lather about it. We'll sort this problem out.No hace falta que te pongas histérico. Resolveremos el problema.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to rub soap on)
a. enjabonar
She lathered the puppy all over with dog shampoo.Enjabonó al cachorro de arriba abajo con un champú especial para perros.
b. enjabonarse
He had just lathered his face and was starting to shave.Acababa de enjabonarse la cara y empezaba a afeitarse.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to form a lather)
a. hacer espuma
Soap doesn't lather so well in hard water.El jabón no hace mucha espuma si el agua es dura.
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