strong dislike or disgust; intense aversion.

Nearby words

  1. loanshift,
  2. loanword,
  3. loath,
  4. loathe,
  5. loathful,
  6. loathingly,
  7. loathly,
  8. loathsome,
  9. loathsomely,
  10. loaves

Origin of loathing

First recorded in 1300–50, loathing is from the Middle English word lathynge. See loathe, -ing1

Related formsloath·ing·ly, adverbself-loath·ing, adjective, noun

Synonym study



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

Related formsloath·er, nounun·loathed, adjective

Can be confusedloath loathe loathsome

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British Dictionary definitions for loathing



abhorrence; disgust
Derived Formsloathingly, adverb



(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 loathing
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