loath

or loth

[ lohth, lohth ]
/ loʊθ, loʊð /
|

adjective

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

Nearby words

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

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

Can be confusedloath loathe loathsome

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 formsloath·er, nounun·loathed, adjective

Can be confusedloath loathe loathsome

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British Dictionary definitions for loather

loathe

/ (ləʊð) /

verb

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

Word Origin for loathe

Old English lāthiān, from loath

loath

loth

/ (ləʊθ) /

adjective

(usually foll by to) reluctant or unwilling
nothing loath willing
Derived Formsloathness or lothness, noun

Word Origin for loath

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

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Word Origin and History for loather
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