from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Readily; willingly: I would as lief go now as later.
- adj. Archaic Beloved; dear.
- adj. Archaic Ready or willing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. beloved, dear, agreeable
- adj. willing
- adv. Readily, willingly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as lif.
- adj. Dear; beloved.
- adj. Pleasing; agreeable; acceptable; preferable.
- adj. Willing; disposed.
- n. A dear one; a sweetheart.
- adv. Gladly; willingly; freely; -- now used only in the phrases, had as lief, and would as lief.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Beloved; pleasing; agreeable.
- Inclined; disposed; willing; having a preference.
- n. One beloved; a darling.
- Gladly; willingly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in a willing manner
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)
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)