Origin of loath
Synonyms for loath
Antonyms for loath
verb (used with object), loathed, loath·ing.
Origin of loathe
Synonyms for loathe
Antonyms for loathe
Related Words for loatherunwilling, afraid, hesitant, reluctant, counter, disinclined, indisposed, opposed, remiss, resisting
Word Origin for loathe
Word Origin for loath
Old English lað "hated; hateful; hostile; repulsive," from Proto-Germanic *laithaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian leth "loathsome," Old Norse leiðr "hateful, hostile, loathed;" Middle Dutch lelijc, Dutch leelijk "ugly;" Old High German leid "sorrowful, hateful, offensive, grievous," German Leid "sorrow;" French laid "ugly," from Frankish *laid), from PIE root *leit- "to detest."
Weakened meaning "averse, disinclined" is attested from late 14c. Loath to depart, a line from some long-forgotten song, is recorded since 1580s as a generic term expressive of any tune played at farewells, the sailing of a ship, etc. Related: Loathness.