- unwilling; reluctant; disinclined; averse: to be loath to admit a mistake.
Origin of loath
Synonyms for loath
Antonyms for loath
Examples from the Web for lother
Historical Examples of lother
There be that write, that the Danes had at that time to their leaders two capteins, the one named Lother, and the other Irling.Holinshed Chronicles, Volume I, Complete
- a variant spelling of loath
- (usually foll by to) reluctant or unwilling
- nothing loath willing
Word Origin for loath
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.
alternative spelling of loath.