[ leef ]
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gladly; willingly: I would as lief go south as not.
dear; beloved; treasured.
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Origin of lief
First recorded 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 liefliefly, adverb
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How to use lief in a sentence
Now would I liefer keep within compass according to my smaller conditions than assay to rival the success 194 of my kinsman Knut.
If it wasn't for civility to Mr. Jackson, I'd liefer stay out here these fine summer evenings, myself.A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3)|Frances Eleanor Trollope
He would liefer have luffed in on board a boat of his own, a great suit of snowy canvas drawing joyously the Irish wind.The Wind Bloweth|Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
"But he would liefer have some of the little wildlings, good mother," said Judith.Judith Shakespeare|William Black
Mary came forward rather reluctantly, but Grisell drew up her head within, “Oh, if you had liefer not!”Grisly Grisell|Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for lief
/ (liːf) /
rare gladly; willinglyI'd as lief go today as tomorrow
- ready; glad
- dear; beloved
Word Origin for lief
Old English leof; related to lufu love
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