loath

[lohth, lohth]
adjective
unwilling; reluctant; disinclined; averse: to be loath to admit a mistake.
Also, loth.


Origin:
before 900; Middle English loth, lath, Old English lāth hostile, hateful; cognate with Dutch leed, German leid sorry, Old Norse leithr hateful

loathness, noun
overloath, adjective
unloath, adjective
unloathly, adverb

loath, loathe, loathsome.


See reluctant.


eager.
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loath or loth (ləʊθ)
 
adj
1.  (usually foll by to) reluctant or unwilling
2.  nothing loath willing
 
[Old English lāth (in the sense: hostile); related to Old Norse leithr]
 
loth or loth
 
adj
 
[Old English lāth (in the sense: hostile); related to Old Norse leithr]
 
'loathness or loth
 
n
 
'lothness or loth
 
n

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loath
O.E. lað "hostile, repulsive," from P.Gmc. *laithaz (cf. O.Fris. leed, O.N. leiðr "hateful, hostile, loathed;" M.Du. lelijc, Du. leelijk "ugly;" O.H.G. leid "sorrowful, hateful, offensive, grievous," Ger. Leid "sorrow;" Fr. laid "ugly," from Frankish *laid). Weakened meaning "averse, disinclined"
is attested from late 14c. Loath to depart, a line from some long-forgotten song, is recorded since 1580s as a generic term expressive of any tune played at farewells, the sailing of a ship, etc.
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Example sentences
He noted, however, that the team was loath to damage an intact amphora.
Most cities are loath to let you remove designated parkway trees.
And since no one wants to be penny-less, they will be loath to withdraw
  everything.
Workers are loath to accept that maintaining conditions is beyond the gift of a
  private employer to guarantee.
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