[lohth-suhm, lohth-]


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

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



causing loathing; abhorrent
Derived Formsloathsomely, adverbloathsomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for loathsome

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

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