loath

or loth

[ lohth, lohth ]
/ loʊθ, loʊð /

adjective

unwilling; reluctant; disinclined; averse: to be loath to admit a mistake.

Origin of loath

before 900; Middle English loth, lath, Old English lāth hostile, hateful; cognate with Dutch leed, German leid sorry, Old Norse leithr hateful

SYNONYMS FOR loath

ANTONYMS FOR loath

Related forms

loath·ness, nouno·ver·loath, adjectiveun·loath, adjectiveun·loath·ly, adverb

Can be confused

loath loathe loathsome

Definition for loather (2 of 2)

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

SYNONYMS FOR loathe

ANTONYMS FOR loathe

Related forms

loath·er, nounun·loathed, adjective

Can be confused

loath loathe loathsome
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British Dictionary definitions for loather (1 of 2)

loathe

/ (ləʊð) /

verb

(tr) to feel strong hatred or disgust for

Derived Forms

loather, noun

Word Origin for loathe

Old English lāthiān, from loath

British Dictionary definitions for loather (2 of 2)

loath

loth

/ (ləʊθ) /

adjective

(usually foll by to) reluctant or unwilling
nothing loath willing

Derived Forms

loathness or lothness, noun

Word Origin for loath

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