loathest

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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