lief

[ leef ]
/ lif /

adverb

gladly; willingly: I would as lief go south as not.

adjective Archaic.

willing; desirous.
dear; beloved; treasured.

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Origin of lief

before 900; Middle English leef,Old English lēof; cognate with Dutch lief,German lieb,Old Norse ljufr,Gothic liufs; akin to love

OTHER WORDS FROM lief

liefly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for lief

lief
/ (liːf) /

adverb

rare gladly; willinglyI'd as lief go today as tomorrow

adjective

archaic
  1. ready; glad
  2. dear; beloved

Word Origin for lief

Old English leof; related to lufu love
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