Definition of lief in English:

lief

Syllabification: lief
Pronunciation: /lēf
 
/

adverb

(as lief) • archaic
  • As happily; as gladly: he would just as lief eat a pincushion
    More example sentences
    • ‘I had as lief be a Brownist as a politician,’ said bibulous Sir Andrew Ague-cheek.
    • Here is W. S. Gilbert's spoof line, ‘I would as lief be thrust through a thicket hedge as cry Pooh to a callow throstle’.
    • As for the first, I would as lief pray with him as with any man.

Origin

Old English lēof 'dear, pleasant', of Germanic origin: related to leave2 and love.

More definitions of lief

Definition of lief in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skəʊʃ
noun
a small amount; a little