follow Dictionary.com

Are yams and sweet potatoes the same?

lief

[leef] /lif/
adverb
1.
gladly; willingly:
I would as lief go south as not.
adjective, Archaic.
2.
willing; desirous.
3.
dear; beloved; treasured.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English leef, Old English lēof; cognate with Dutch lief, German lieb, Old Norse ljufr, Gothic liufs; akin to love
Related forms
liefly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for liefest

lief

/liːf/
adverb
1.
(rare) gladly; willingly: I'd as lief go today as tomorrow
adjective
2.
(archaic)
  1. ready; glad
  2. dear; beloved
Word Origin
Old English leof; related to lufu love
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for liefest

lief

adj.

Old English leof "dear, valued, beloved, pleasant;" also as a noun, "a beloved person, friend," from Proto-Germanic *leubo- (cf. Old Norse ljutr, Old Frisian liaf, Dutch lief, Old High German liob, German lieb, Gothic liufs "dear, beloved"), from PIE root *leubh- "love" (see love (n.)). As an adverb, "dearly, willingly" from c.1250. I want and I'd love to are overworked and misused to fill the hole left in the language when I would lief faded in 17c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for lief

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for liefest

10
11
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for liefest