- valued; dear; beloved
Origin: Middle English lef from Old English leof, beloved, dear, akin to German lieb from Indo-European base an unverified form leubh- from source love
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adverb lief·er, lief·est
- Beloved; dear.
- Ready or willing.
Origin: Middle English leve, lef, dear, willingly, from Old English lēof, dear; see leubh- in Indo-European roots.