lief


1lief

adjective \ˈlēf, ˈlēv\

Definition of LIEF

1
archaic :  dear, beloved
2
archaic :  willing, glad

Origin of LIEF

Middle English lief, lef, from Old English lēof; akin to Old English lufu love
First Known Use: before 12th century

2lief

adverb \ˈlēv, ˈlēf\

Definition of LIEF

:  soon, gladly <I'd as lief go as not>

First Known Use of LIEF

13th century

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