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lief

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

Origin:
before 900; Middle English leef, Old English lēof; cognate with Dutch lief, German lieb, Old Norse ljufr, Gothic liufs; akin to love

liefly, adverb
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lief (liːf)
 
adv
1.  rare gladly; willingly: I'd as lief go today as tomorrow
 
adj
2.  archaic
 a.  ready; glad
 b.  dear; beloved
 
[Old English leof; related to lufu love]

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lief
O.E. leof "dear," from P.Gmc. *leubo- (cf. O.N. ljutr, O.Fris. liaf, O.H.G. liob, Ger. lieb, Goth. liufs "dear, beloved"), from PIE base *leubh- "love" (see love). A most useful word, now, alas, all but extinct. Want and love are overworked and misused to fill the hole left
in the language when this word faded in 17c.
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