Origin of loathe
OTHER WORDS FROM loatheloather, nounun·loathed, adjective
Words nearby loathe
LOATHE VS. LOATH
What’s the difference between loathe and loath?
Loathe is a verb that means to hate or feel extreme disgust toward, as in I loathe the way he treats his dog or My kids loathe broccoli. Loath is an adjective that means unwilling, reluctant, or disinclined, as in They are loath to get involved in such a messy situation.
Loathe always rhymes with the verb clothe. Loath can be pronounced this way, but it can also rhyme with both.
Loath is only ever used as an adjective, and loathe is only ever used as a verb. Both words are generally negative, but loathe is much more negative. Loathe is also the more common of the two words.
The word loathsome is an adjective form of the verb loathe that means causing feelings of loathing—disgusting or revolting. You would describe someone you loathe as loathsome.
Loath is usually followed by the word to and a verb, as in I’m loath to drive that far.
To remember that the verb loathe ends with an e, remember that it means the same thing as hate, which also ends with an e.
Here’s an example of loath and loathe used correctly in a sentence.
Example: I’m loath to think about how much he must loathe me.
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How to use loathe in a sentence
Its upright, narrow body rolled on skinny tires, and its layered design was loved or loathed, depending on the customer.BMW abandons the i3, the car that could have birthed a bright electric future|Tim De Chant|July 13, 2021|Ars Technica
I prefer their loose silhouette to skin-tight leggings, especially on crampy period days when I want to exercise but loathe restrictive elastic waistbands.
They are loathed by many postal workers, who say they broil during the summer and shiver in the winter when the heating system is inadequate.
This image was nourished by the British press he came to loathe.Prince Philip, royal consort to Queen Elizabeth II, dies at 99|Adrian Higgins|April 9, 2021|Washington Post
It was one of the few spinoffs tolerated by the author, who generally loathed the merchandising of her work.Beverly Cleary, beloved author who chronicled schoolyard scrapes and feisty kids, dies at 104|Harrison Smith, Becky Krystal|March 26, 2021|Washington Post
Republicans loathe public sector unions—unless they represent cops or firefighters.
I may loathe what Richard Spencer has to say, but I will defend, unequivocally, his right to say it.American Racist Richard Spencer Gets to Play the Martyr in Hungary|James Kirchick|October 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Consider Spirit Airlines, the dirt-cheap carrier everyone loves to loathe.
As well as cheese and crustaceans, many people apparently loathe vegetables—which I cannot comprehend.
But at least Obama does seem to genuinely loathe the sucking up required to grease the wheels.
But deep in her heart she would loathe him, as only women can hate for a failing they never forgive.The Amazing Interlude|Mary Roberts Rinehart
I began to loathe the food, and the horrible cruelty to the women frequently sickened me.The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont|Louis de Rougemont
You don't seem to realise what an utter beast he's been, and how we all loathe him for treating you—yes, you—like this.Happy House|Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
I hate him—I hate him as much as I loathe myself for ever condescending to follow him.Riders of the Silences|John Frederick
I shall begin to hate my books and to loathe my little cabin.My New Curate|P.A. Sheehan