1. Soapy water.
2. Foam; lather.
3. Slang Beer.
v. sudsed, suds·ing, suds·es
To wash in suds.
To form or make suds.
[Perhaps from obsolete Dutch zudse, marsh, from Middle Dutch sudse.]
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