Our humble record of his life and writings is drawing to an end: yet we still linger, loth to part with a spirit so dear to us.
I am loth to interrupt you, Clary; though you could more than once break in upon me.
The children, however, were loth to leave the spot, curiously wondering as to who lived in the log hut.
Then shall I prevail upon her, no doubt, if loth before, to fly.
Dinah was not loth to obey this behest, being terribly anxious to know what was happening around them.
To this they had turned aside and sat down, and were loth to go a step further.
The natives are then loth to leave their huts and will spend the day crouching over a fire.
And the last was the one which Philip would be most loth to yield.
Yet, as I am loth that any more fair youths should lose their lives for my sake, I will give you this counsel.
The maiden was loth to quit her post; for she, too, knew the risk of it and claimed it as her right.
Old English lað "hated; hateful; hostile; repulsive," from Proto-Germanic *laithaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian leth "loathsome," Old Norse leiðr "hateful, hostile, loathed;" Middle Dutch lelijc, Dutch leelijk "ugly;" Old High German leid "sorrowful, hateful, offensive, grievous," German Leid "sorrow;" French laid "ugly," from Frankish *laid), from PIE root *leit- "to detest."
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. Related: Loathness.