loathe

[ lohth ]
/ loʊð /

verb (used with object), loathed, loath·ing.

to feel disgust or intense aversion for; abhor: I loathe people who spread malicious gossip.

Origin of loathe

before 900; Middle English loth(i)en, lath(i)en, Old English lāthian, derivative of lāth loath

Related forms

loath·er, nounun·loathed, adjective

Can be confused

loath loathe loathsome
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British Dictionary definitions for loathe

loathe

/ (ləʊð) /

verb

(tr) to feel strong hatred or disgust for

Derived Forms

loather, noun

Word Origin for loathe

Old English lāthiān, from loath
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