loathsome

[ lohth-suhm, lohth- ]
/ ˈloʊð səm, ˈloʊθ- /

adjective

causing feelings of loathing; disgusting; revolting; repulsive: a loathsome skin disease.

Nearby words

  1. loathe,
  2. loathful,
  3. loathing,
  4. loathingly,
  5. loathly,
  6. loathsomely,
  7. loaves,
  8. loaves and fishes,
  9. lob,
  10. lobachevski

Origin of loathsome

First recorded in 1250–1300, loathsome is from the Middle English word lothsom. See loath, -some1

Related formsloath·some·ly, adverbloath·some·ness, nounun·loath·some, adjective

Can be confusedloath loathe loathsome

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British Dictionary definitions for loathsome

loathsome

/ (ˈləʊðsəm) /

adjective

causing loathing; abhorrent
Derived Formsloathsomely, adverbloathsomeness, noun

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Word Origin and History for loathsome

loathsome

adj.

c.1300, "foul, detestable," from loath in its older, stronger sense + -some (1). Related: Loathsomely; loathsomeness.

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