loath

or loth

[ lohth, lohth ]
/ loʊθ, loʊð /

adjective

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

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Origin of loath

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

synonym study for loath

See reluctant.

OTHER WORDS FROM loath

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH loath

loath , loathe, loathsome
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British Dictionary definitions for loath

loath

loth

/ (ləʊθ) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of loath

loathness or lothness, noun

Word Origin for loath

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