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Foam (countable and uncountable; plural Foams)
  1. A substance composed of a large collection of bubbles or their solidified remains.
    He doesn't like so much foam in his beer.
    A foam mat can soften a hard seat.
  2. (by extension) sea foam; (figuratively) the sea.
    He is in Europe, across the foam.

Derived terms


Foam (third-person singular simple present Foams, present participle Foaming, simple past and past participle Foamed)

  1. To form or emit foam.

Adjectives for Foam

tainted; snow-soft; circumambient; ocean; fantastic; dashing; driven; creamy; panting; loose; wasteful; pale; fleet; lacteal rainbow-colored; sea; rolling; fragile; salt sweet; flamelike; delicious; wind-tossed yeasty; fleecy; border; crested; carded moonlit; seething; springtide; surging; uneasy; luminous; enchanted; twinkling cruel; crawling; constellated; barren sparkling; wild.

Verbs for Foam

aggregate—; beat to—; boil to—; break into —; cover with—; crest with—; emit—; ferment—; fill with—; fleck with—; toss off—; —bubbles; —drips off; —effervesces; — floats; —froths; —gurgles; —issues fron., —reams; —scuds; —smothers; —streaks; — washes.


Foamite, acid, aerate, air, alabaster, automatic sprinkler, beat, blubber, boil, breakers, breeze, bubble, bubbles, butter, carbon tet, carbon tetrachloride, carbon-dioxide foam, carbonation, chaff, chalk, chip, churn, clay, cobweb, collar, cork, cream, cushion, deck gun, deluge set, dough, down, dribble, drivel, driven snow, drool, dust, effervescence, eiderdown, ether, expectoration, extinguisher, fairy, feather, feather bed, feathers, ferment, fire apparatus, fire engine, fire hose, fire hydrant, fireplug, fizz, fleece, floss, flour, flue, fluff, foam extinguisher, froth, fume, fuzz, gossamer, head, hook-and-ladder, ivory, kapok, ladder pipe, lather, lily, maggot, mantle, meringue, milk, mote, mousse, mouth-watering, offscum, paper, pearl, pillow, plash, plush, ptyalism, pudding, puff, pumper, putty, rubber, saliva, salivation, satin, scud, scum, sea foam, seethe, sheet, shower, sialagogue, silk, silver, simmer, slabber, slaver, slobber, slosh, snorkel, snow, soapsuds, soda, souffle, sparge, sparkle, spatter, spindrift, spit, spittle, splash, splatter, sponge, spoondrift, spray, sprinkle, sprinkler, sprinkler head, sprinkler system, spume, sputum, stew, stinging, stir, straw, sud, suds, super-pumper, surf, swan, swansdown, swash, thistledown, velvet, water, water cannon, wax, wet blanket, whip, whisk, white water, wool, yeast, zephyr



From Middle English fom, from Old English fām (foam), from Proto-Germanic *faimaz (foam), from Proto-Indo-European *poyǝmn-, *spoyǝmn- (foam). Cognate with German Feim (foam), Latin spūma (foam), Latin pūmex (pumice).