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loath

adjective \ˈlōth, ˈlōth\\ˈlōth, ˈlōth\

Simple Definition of loath

  • : not wanting or willing to do something

Full Definition of loath

  1. :  unwilling to do something contrary to one's ways of thinking :  reluctant

loath·ness noun

Examples of loath

  1. She was loath to admit her mistakes.

  2. <I was loath to accept his claim of having climbed Mount Everest.>



Variants of loath

also loth \ˈlōth, ˈlōth\ or loathe play \ˈlōth, ˈlōth\

Origin of loath

Middle English loth loathsome, from Old English lāth; akin to Old High German leid loathsome, Old Irish lius loathing


First Known Use: 12th century

Synonym Discussion of loath

disinclined, hesitant, reluctant, loath, averse mean lacking the will or desire to do something indicated. disinclined implies lack of taste for or inclination <disinclined to move again> <disinclined for reading>. hesitant implies a holding back especially through fear or uncertainty <hesitant about asking for a date>. reluctant implies a holding back through unwillingness <a reluctant witness>. loath implies hesitancy because of conflict with one's opinions, predilections, or liking <seems loath to trust anyone>. averse implies a holding back from or avoiding because of distaste or repugnance <averse to hard work> <not averse to an occasional drink>.

Rhymes with loath



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