[ loh-thing ]
/ ˈloʊ ðɪŋ /


strong dislike or disgust; intense aversion.

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

Definition for loathing (2 of 2)


[ 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
Related formsloath·er, nounun·loathed, adjective
Can be confusedloath loathe loathsome
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British Dictionary definitions for loathing (1 of 2)


/ (ˈləʊðɪŋ) /


abhorrence; disgust
Derived Formsloathingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for loathing (2 of 2)


/ (ləʊð) /


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

Word Origin for loathe

Old English lāthiān, from loath
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