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.

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