Definition of loath in English:

loath

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Pronunciation: /ləʊθ
 
/
(also loth)

adjective

[predic., with infinitive]

Derivatives

loathness

noun

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 is an adjective (also spelled loth) 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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