loath

  • 1 loath — loath; loath·er; loath·ful; loath·ing; loath·ing·ly; loath·ness; loath·some; loath·some·ly; loath·some·ness; loath·ly; …

    English syllables

  • 2 Loath — (l[=o]th), a. [OE. looth, loth, AS. l[=a][eth] hostile, odious; akin to OS. l[=a][eth], G. leid, Icel. lei[eth]r, Sw. led, G. leiden to suffer, OHG. l[=i]dan to suffer, go, cf. AS. l[=i][eth]an to go, Goth. leipan, and E. lead to guide.] 1.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 loath — loth [ləuθ US louθ] adj [: Old English; Origin: lath] be loath to do sth formal to be unwilling to do something = ↑reluctant ▪ Sarah was loath to tell her mother what had happened …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 4 loath — [ louθ ] adjective FORMAL very unwilling to do something: RELUCTANT: loath to do something: Officials are loath to acknowledge the extent of their involvement …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 5 loath — meaning ‘averse, reluctant’, as in loath to comment, is spelt loath, not loth, and is pronounced lohth (like both). It should be distinguished from the verb loathe meaning ‘to hate’, which is pronounced lohdh. The adjective loathsome, meaning… …

    Modern English usage

  • 6 loath — [lōth, lōth] adj. [ME loth < OE lath, hostile, hateful, akin to Ger leid, sorrow (orig. adj.) < IE base * leit , to detest, abhor > Gr aleitēs, sinner] unwilling; reluctant: usually followed by an infinitive [to be loath to depart] SYN.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 loath — (adj.) O.E. lað hated; hateful; hostile; repulsive, from P.Gmc. *laithaz (Cf. O.S., O.Fris. leth loathsome, O.N. leiðr hateful, hostile, loathed; M.Du. lelijc, Du. leelijk ugly; O.H.G. leid sorrowful, hateful, offensive, grievous, Ger. Leid sor …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 loath — (also loth) ► ADJECTIVE ▪ reluctant; unwilling: I was loath to leave. ORIGIN Old English, «hostile» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 loath|ly — loath|ly1 «LOHTH lee», adjective. = loathsome. (Cf. ↑loathsome) ╂[Old English lāthlīc < lāth hostile] loath|ly2 «LOHTH lee, LOHTH », adverb. unwillingly; reluctantly. Also, lothly. ╂[Old English lāthlīce < lāth hostile] …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 10 loath — index averse, disinclined, disobedient, dissident, hesitant, renitent, restive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …

    Law dictionary

  • 11 loath — *disinclined, indisposed, averse, hesitant, reluctant Analogous words: *adverse, averse: *antipathetic, unsympathetic, averse Antonyms: anxious Contrasted words: *eager, keen, avid: desiring or desirous, wishing, wanting (see corresponding verbs… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 12 loath — [adj] against, averse afraid, counter, disinclined, hesitant, indisposed, opposed, reluctant, remiss, resisting, uneager, unwilling; concepts 29,542 Ant. approving, for, unopposed, willing …

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  • 13 loath — adj. (pompous or lit.) (cannot stand alone) loath to + inf. (we are loath to summon the authorities) * * * [ləʊθ] (pompous or lit.) (cannot stand alone) loath to + inf. (we are loath to summon the authorities) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 loath — [ləʊθ] (also loth) adjective reluctant; unwilling: I was loath to leave. Origin OE lāth hostile , of Gmc origin. Usage Do not confuse loath and loathe. Loath is an adjective meaning ‘reluctant or unwilling’, as in I was loath to leave, whereas… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 15 loath´er — loathe «lohth», transitive verb, loathed, loath|ing. to hate very much; feel strong dislike and disgust for; abhor: »We loathe rotten food or a nasty smell. I loathe cockroaches. He knew the model boy very well though and loathed him (Mark Twain) …

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  • 16 loath — [[t]lo͟ʊθ[/t]] also loth ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ to inf If you are loath to do something, you do not want to do it. She is loath to give up her hard earned liberty... The new finance minister seems loth to cut income tax. Syn: reluctant …

    English dictionary

  • 17 loath — adjective be loath to do sth formal to be unwilling to do something: Sarah was loath to tell her mother all that had happened …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 loath — UK [ləʊθ] / US [loʊθ] adjective formal very unwilling to do something loath to do something: Officials are loath to acknowledge the extent of their involvement …

    English dictionary

  • 19 loath — or loth [[t]loʊθ, loʊð[/t]] adj. unwilling; reluctant: to be loath to admit a mistake[/ex] • Etymology: bef. 900; ME loth, lath, OE lāth hostile, hateful, c. OS lēth, OHG leid, ON leithr loath′ness, n. syn: See reluctant …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 loath — predic.adj. (also loth) (usu. foll. by to + infin.) disinclined, reluctant, unwilling (was loath to admit it). Phrases and idioms: nothing loath adj. quite willing. Etymology: OE lath f. Gmc …

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