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loth

[lohth, lohth] /loʊθ, loʊð/
adjective
1.

loath

or loth

[lohth, lohth] /loʊθ, loʊð/
adjective
1.
unwilling; reluctant; disinclined; averse:
to be loath to admit a mistake.
Origin of loath
900
before 900; Middle English loth, lath, Old English lāth hostile, hateful; cognate with Dutch leed, German leid sorry, Old Norse leithr hateful
Related forms
loathness, noun
overloath, adjective
unloath, adjective
unloathly, adverb
Can be confused
loath, loathe, loathsome.
Synonyms
See reluctant.
Antonyms
eager.
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  • 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.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The children, however, were loth to leave the spot, curiously wondering as to who lived in the log hut.

    The Liberty Girl Rena I. Halsey
  • Then shall I prevail upon her, no doubt, if loth before, to fly.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Dinah was not loth to obey this behest, being terribly anxious to know what was happening around them.

    The Sign Of The Red Cross Evelyn Everett-Green
  • To this they had turned aside and sat down, and were loth to go a step further.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • 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.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • 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.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for loth

loth

/ləʊθ/
adjective
1.
a variant spelling of loath
Derived Forms
lothness, noun

loath

/ləʊθ/
adjective
1.
(usually foll by to) reluctant or unwilling
2.
nothing loath, willing
Derived Forms
loathness, lothness, noun
Word Origin
Old English lāth (in the sense: hostile); related to Old Norse leithr
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Word Origin and History for loth
adj.

alternative spelling of loath.

loath

adj.

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.

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