AskDefine | Define froth

Dictionary Definition

froth n : a mass of small bubbles formed in or on a liquid [syn: foam]


1 form bubbles; "The boiling soup was frothing"; "The river was foaming"; "Sparkling water" [syn: foam, fizz, effervesce, sparkle]
2 make froth or foam and become bubbly; "The river foamed" [syn: spume, suds]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /frɒθ/, /frQT/


  1. foam
    Froth is a very important feature of many types of coffee.
  2. unimportant events or actions; drivel
    Thousands of African children die each day: why do the newspapers continue to discuss unnecessary showbiz froth?


unimportant events of actions


  1. To create froth.
    I like to froth my coffee for ten seconds exactly, no more, no less.
  2. To bubble.
    The chemical frothed up when I added the acid, just as I thought it would.


To create froth
To bubble

Extensive Definition

Froth is foam consisting of bubbles in a liquid.
One common form of froth is milk froth deliberately created as part of a drink. Many Italian-style coffees are made using a combination of espresso coffee, steamed milk and frothed milk. Most espresso machines have a steam pipe which is used to bubble steam through milk in order to froth it. This frothed milk is then poured on top of the drink.
In the United Kingdom, froth is also used to describe the layer of bubbles at the top of a glass of beer.

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