[ lohth ]
/ loʊð /

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

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

Nearby words

  1. loaning,
  2. loansharking,
  3. loanshift,
  4. loanword,
  5. loath,
  6. loathful,
  7. loathing,
  8. loathingly,
  9. loathly,
  10. loathsome

Origin of loathe

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

Related formsloath·er, nounun·loathed, adjective

Can be confusedloath loathe loathsome

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British Dictionary definitions for loathe


/ (ləʊð) /


(tr) to feel strong hatred or disgust for
Derived Formsloather, noun

Word Origin for loathe

Old English lāthiān, from loath

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Word Origin and History for loathe



Old English laðian "to hate, to be disgusted with," from lað "hostile" (see loath). Cognate with Old Saxon lethon, Old Norse leiða. Related: Loathed; loathing.

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