Loath meaning

lōth, lōth
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.

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I was loath to return to the office without the Henderson file.

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Unwilling or reluctant; disinclined.

I am loath to go on such short notice.

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(now chiefly literary) Unwilling; reluctant.

To be loath to depart.

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  • not reluctant(ly); willing(ly)
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
loath
Comparative
loathest
Superlative
loathest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

nothing loath

Origin of loath

  • Middle English loth displeasing, loath from Old English lāth hateful, loathsome

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

  • From loth, from Middle English loth (“disinclined"; "loathsome"), from Old English lāþ (“loathsome", "evil")

    From Wiktionary