Definition of loath in English:

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Pronunciation: /lōTH/
(also loth)


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.
reluctant, unwilling, disinclined, ill-disposed;
averse, opposed, resistant


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.


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

Words that rhyme with loath

both, growth, oath, quoth, sloth, Thoth, troth
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