[ leef ]
/ lif /


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

adjective Archaic.

willing; desirous.
dear; beloved; treasured.

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

Related forms

lief·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lief


/ (liːf) /


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


  1. ready; glad
  2. dear; beloved

Word Origin for lief

Old English leof; related to lufu love
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