Origin of lief
Examples from the Web for lief
“They learn about what it is that drove them to these lengths,” says Lief.
This large mass is passive, and had just as lief have Texas next year as this year.Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)|Thomas Hart Benton
He wants no boisterous notes of artificial passion: he would as lief the town-crier spoke his lines.The Young Priest's Keepsake|Michael Phelan
When I like a woman, I would as lief marry her widow as maid!Joan of the Sword Hand|S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
Oh, it's bacon and beans most every day, I'd as lief be eatin' prairie hay.Oh, You Tex!|William Macleod Raine
Now Thorvald, with the advice of his brother, Lief, prepared to make this voyage with thirty men.
British Dictionary definitions for lief
- ready; glad
- dear; beloved
Word Origin for lief
Word Origin and History for lief
Old English leof "dear, valued, beloved, pleasant;" also as a noun, "a beloved person, friend," from Proto-Germanic *leubo- (cf. Old Norse ljutr, Old Frisian liaf, Dutch lief, Old High German liob, German lieb, Gothic liufs "dear, beloved"), from PIE root *leubh- "love" (see love (n.)). As an adverb, "dearly, willingly" from c.1250. I want and I'd love to are overworked and misused to fill the hole left in the language when I would lief faded in 17c.