or loth

[ lohth, lohth ]
/ loʊθ, loʊð /


unwilling; reluctant; disinclined; averse: to be loath to admit a mistake.

Origin of loath

before 900; Middle English loth, lath, Old English lāth hostile, hateful; cognate with Dutch leed, German leid sorry, Old Norse leithr hateful

Related forms

loath·ness, nouno·ver·loath, adjectiveun·loath, adjectiveun·loath·ly, adverb

Can be confused

loath loathe loathsome
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British Dictionary definitions for loath



/ (ləʊθ) /


(usually foll by to) reluctant or unwilling
nothing loath willing

Derived Forms

loathness or lothness, noun

Word Origin for loath

Old English lāth (in the sense: hostile); related to Old Norse leithr
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