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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Definitions for lief

  1. gladly; willingly: I would as lief go south as not.
  2. Archaic. willing; desirous.
  3. Archaic. dear; beloved; treasured.

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Citations for lief
I was bashful and ungracious enough to loathe the very sound of it when I came home in my pride of youth; but i would lief hear it once more. Charlotte Mary Yonge, The Caged Lion, 1870
Ruthie wrote to Ted that she would just as lief get married now, if he were willing and then they could have a Christmas together in Vhai. Pearl S. Buck, Come, My Beloved, 1953
Origin of lief
900
Lief can be traced to the Middle English leef, which in turn comes from the Old English lēof.