- unwilling; reluctant; disinclined; averse: to be loath to admit a mistake.
Origin of loath
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Examples from the Web for loth
I am loth to interrupt you, Clary; though you could more than once break in upon me.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
I am quick to love, and quick to hate and 'fore God I am loth to part.
He so humble, so aged, so loth to take our money—and yet a villain and a cheat.
To be so ready to give, Bella, and so loth to take, is not very fair in you.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Then shall I prevail upon her, no doubt, if loth before, to fly.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
- a variant spelling of loath
- (usually foll by to) reluctant or unwilling
- nothing loath willing
Word Origin and History for loth
alternative spelling of loath.
Old English lað "hated; hateful; hostile; repulsive," from Proto-Germanic *laithaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian leth "loathsome," Old Norse leiðr "hateful, hostile, loathed;" Middle Dutch lelijc, Dutch leelijk "ugly;" Old High German leid "sorrowful, hateful, offensive, grievous," German Leid "sorrow;" French laid "ugly," from Frankish *laid), from PIE root *leit- "to detest."
Weakened meaning "averse, disinclined" is attested from late 14c. Loath to depart, a line from some long-forgotten song, is recorded since 1580s as a generic term expressive of any tune played at farewells, the sailing of a ship, etc. Related: Loathness.