- The definition of loath is someone or something unwilling or reluctant.
An example of loath is someone not wanting to leave a party, they are loath to leave the party.
unwilling; reluctant: usually followed by an infinitive: to be loath to depart
Origin of loathMiddle English loth ; from Old English lath, hostile, hateful, akin to German leid, sorrow (orig. adjective ) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leit-, to detest, abhor from source Classical Greek aleitēs, sinner
not reluctant(ly); willing(ly)
Unwilling or reluctant; disinclined: I am loath to go on such short notice.
Origin of loathMiddle English loth, displeasing, loath, from Old English lāth, hateful, loathsome.
(comparative loather, superlative loathest)
- Often confused in meaning and pronunciation with loathe, a related transitive verb.
- This spelling is about four times as common as "loth" in the UK and fifty times as common in the US.
OriginSee also: loathe