or loth

[ lohth, lohth ]
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  1. unwilling; reluctant; disinclined; averse: to be loath to admit a mistake.

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”

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See reluctant.

Opposites for loath

Other words from loath

  • loathness, noun
  • o·ver·loath, adjective
  • un·loath, adjective
  • un·loath·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for loath



/ (ləʊθ) /

  1. (usually foll by to) reluctant or unwilling

  2. nothing loath willing

Origin of loath

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

Derived forms of loath

  • loathness or lothness, noun

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