Simple Definition of loath
: not wanting or willing to do something
Full Definition of loath
: unwilling to do something contrary to one's ways of thinking : reluctant
Examples of loath
She was loath to admit her mistakes.
<I was loath to accept his claim of having climbed Mount Everest.>
Variants of loath
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
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