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[lohth, lohth] /loʊθ, loʊð/
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Examples from the web for loth
  • Then she spake no more as at that time, for she was loth to displease him.
  • They dropped in one by one, seeming loth to step up to the task.
  • The trouble now is that bankers are loth to lend at all.
  • Gulf governments say they are aware of the problem but are loth to interfere in the private sector.
  • But they were loth at first to let reporters see for themselves.
  • Governments are loth to insist that fuel prices be increased and bureaucracies slimmed even at the best of times.
  • Yet, with their two ministers who are loth to resign, they have voted to go on supporting the government.
  • The government is loth to admit how many people are dying while it remains slow to provide drugs to keep the infected alive.
  • People are loth to admit that they bought a house that was over-valued.
  • Decision-makers, whether in business or politics, were loth to hand over their power to a computer.
British Dictionary definitions for loth


(usually foll by to) reluctant or unwilling
nothing loath, willing
Derived Forms
loathness, lothness, noun
Word Origin
Old English lāth (in the sense: hostile); related to Old Norse leithr


a variant spelling of loath
Derived Forms
lothness, noun
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Word Origin and History for loth

alternative spelling of loath.

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