/sladh"euhr/, Informal.
1. to spread or apply thickly: to slather butter on toast.
2. to spread something thickly on (usually fol. by with): to slather toast with butter.
3. to spend or use lavishly.
4. Often, slathers. a generous amount: slathers of money.
5. open slather, Australian. complete freedom.
[1810-20, in sense "to slip, slide"; orig. uncert.]

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