Definition of loath in English:

loath

Syllabification: loath
Pronunciation: /lōTH, lōT͟H
 
/
(also loth)

adjective

  • Reluctant; unwilling: I was loath to leave
    More example sentences
    • It made victims reluctant to prosecute, and juries loath to convict.
    • And among other things the poor pigeons, I perceive, were loth to leave their houses, but hovered about the balconies till they were some of them burned and fell down.
    • The ship now needs to be sold, but I would be loth to see it go through the courts as in that case other parties would benefit - and not the men.
    Synonyms
    reluctant, unwilling, disinclined, ill-disposed; averse, opposed, resistant

Origin

Old English lāth 'hostile, spiteful', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch leed, German Leid 'sorrow'.

Usage

Although different in meaning, loath and loathe are often confused. Loath (also spelled loth, although not commonly) is an adjective meaning ‘reluctant or unwilling,’ as in I was loath to leave , whereas loathe is a verb meaning ‘feel intense dislike or disgust for,’ as in she loathed him on sight .

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