American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. Readily; willingly: I would as lief go now as later.
- adj. Archaic Beloved; dear.
- adj. Archaic Ready or willing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Beloved; pleasing; agreeable.
- Inclined; disposed; willing; having a preference.
- n. One beloved; a darling.
- Gladly; willingly. Lief is peculiarly used (originally an adjective) in the constructions to have as lief, to have liefer (had as lief, had liefer or liever), etc. See under have.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Same as lif.
- adj. Obs., except in poetry. Dear; beloved.
- adj. obsolete Pleasing; agreeable; acceptable; preferable.
- adj. obsolete Willing; disposed.
- n. obsolete A dear one; a sweetheart.
- adv. Gladly; willingly; freely; -- now used only in the phrases, had as lief, and would as lief.
- adv. in a willing manner
- From Old English lēof, from Proto-Germanic *leubaz, whence Gothic 𐌻𐌹𐍆𐌿𐍃 (liufs). Cognate with Dutch lief, German lieb, Russian любовь (ljubóv’), Swedish and Norwegian Nynorsk ljuv. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English leve, lef, dear, willingly, from Old English lēof, dear; see leubh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I should have proposed, -- _with good_ lief, in the same sense, but that I cannot find _lief_ to be a substantive.”
“Souns like Matt madez menny frenz even in short lief, grate compliment tu him and tu yur reering uv him!”
“In short, we "believe" (note a root meaning of "belief" is "lief" -- which is wishful thinking) what we believe mostly because we have been massively socially/culturally programmed to have these beliefs.”
“Referring to the root of belief in Middle English (lief, meaning "wish"), he said that belief is a heartfelt wish that things be or turn out a certain way; in other words, there is a way things should be and a way they shouldn't be, and belief is a wish that they be the way they "should.”
“It's root word "lief" means a preference, desire or wish.”
“Er bekam zwanzig zum Leben für die Aufnahme eine Seven Eleven, obwohl die pakistanische Beamte das letzte Lachen verlor Schießen Heinrich in den Arsch, als er lief zur Tür.”
“But if you mouth it, as many of our players do, I had as lief the town crier spoke my lines.”
“Item, we gyve as good as bequest unto my saied sister Jone xx.li. as good as all my wearing apparrell, to be paied as good as delivered inside of a singular yeare after my deceas; as good as we buck will as good as ready unto her a residence with thappurtenaunces in Stratford, wherein she dwelleth, for her naturall lief, underneath a yearlie lease of xij. d.”
“Um… Can Ai taek owt an inshoruns awn ur lief b4 u do?”
“Hoep it goez well – tho teh cheezmeets Ai haz been 2 aer amayzin – juss liek u haz noed dem awl ur lief!”
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