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loth

[lohth, lohth]
adjective
  1. loath.
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loath

or loth

[lohth, lohth]
adjective
  1. unwilling; reluctant; disinclined; averse: to be loath to admit a mistake.
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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
Related formsloath·ness, nouno·ver·loath, adjectiveun·loath, adjectiveun·loath·ly, adverb
Can be confusedloath loathe loathsome

Synonyms for loath

Antonyms for loath

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Examples from the Web for loth

Historical Examples of loth

  • I am loth to interrupt you, Clary; though you could more than once break in upon me.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • I am quick to love, and quick to hate and 'fore God I am loth to part.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • He so humble, so aged, so loth to take our money—and yet a villain and a cheat.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • To be so ready to give, Bella, and so loth to take, is not very fair in you.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Then shall I prevail upon her, no doubt, if loth before, to fly.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson


British Dictionary definitions for loth

loth

adjective
  1. a variant spelling of loath
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Derived Formslothness, noun

loath

loth

adjective
  1. (usually foll by to) reluctant or unwilling
  2. nothing loath willing
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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 loth

adj.

alternative spelling of loath.

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loath

adj.

Old English lað "hated; hateful; hostile; repulsive," from Proto-Germanic *laithaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian leth "loathsome," Old Norse leiðr "hateful, hostile, loathed;" Middle Dutch lelijc, Dutch leelijk "ugly;" Old High German leid "sorrowful, hateful, offensive, grievous," German Leid "sorrow;" French laid "ugly," from Frankish *laid), from PIE root *leit- "to detest."

Weakened meaning "averse, disinclined" is attested from late 14c. Loath to depart, a line from some long-forgotten song, is recorded since 1580s as a generic term expressive of any tune played at farewells, the sailing of a ship, etc. Related: Loathness.

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