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[lohth-lee, lohth -] /ˈloʊθ li, ˈloʊð-/
reluctantly; unwillingly.
Origin of loathly1
before 1000; Middle English lothliche, Old English lāthlīce. See loath, -ly (adv. suffix)


[lohth -lee, lohth-] /ˈloʊð li, ˈloʊθ-/
adjective, Archaic.
loathsome; hideous; repulsive.
before 900; Middle English lothlic(e), Old English lāthlīc. See loath, -ly (adj. suffix) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for loathly
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  • She had put on a new personality like a garment, and that personality was a venomous, evil, loathly thing.

    The Story Girl Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • And perhaps not one a day deserved death so much as that loathly fellow.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • These insects were of an immense size, and of a loathly aspect.

    The Bible in Spain George Borrow
  • No living thing would that loathly one leave as aloft it flew.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • These insects were of an immense size, and of a loathly appearance.

  • He came to see us when we had scarlatina, and gave us some loathly medicine!

  • It was a loathly conceit, and yet it added vastly to the favour of the inn in the minds of those wildings that haunted it.

    Marjorie Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • I am ready to do it, uncle, were it to wed the loathly lady herself.

  • But first it would be necessary to subdue the loathly fiend.

  • Scrafton was a loathly being, but he would not have daunted Harry by himself.

    Young Blood E. W. Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for loathly


with reluctance; unwillingly


an archaic word for loathsome
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for loathly

Old English laðlic "hateful, horrible, unpleasant;" see loath + -ly (2). As an adverb, Old English laðlice.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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