Lief meaning

lēf
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Willing.
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Willingly; gladly.
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(archaic) Willing.
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(archaic, except UK dialectal) Readily, willingly.

I'd as lief have one as t'other.

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Readily; willingly.

I would as lief go now as later.

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Beloved; dear.
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Ready or willing.
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Valued; dear; beloved.
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(archaic) Beloved, dear, agreeable.
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Origin of lief

  • Middle English leve, lef dear, willingly from Old English lēof dear leubh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English lÄ“of, from Proto-Germanic *leubaz. Cognate with Dutch lief, German lieb, Russian любовь (ljubóv'), Swedish and Norwegian Nynorsk ljuv, Gothic 𐌻𐌹𐌿𐍆𐍃 (liufs).

    From Wiktionary

  • Adverb: Compare German lieber, Dutch liever (“preferably, rather")

    From Wiktionary