Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Unwilling or reluctant; disinclined.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Hateful; disliked; detested.
  • Feeling extreme unwillingness or aversion; very unwilling; reluctant; averse.
  • noun Evil; harm; injury.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Hateful; odious; disliked.
  • adjective Filled with disgust or aversion; averse; unwilling; reluctant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective unwilling, reluctant; averse, disinclined
  • adjective obsolete hostile, angry, loathsome, unpleasant

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom
  • adjective (usually followed by `to') strongly opposed

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English loth, displeasing, loath, from Old English lāth, hateful, loathsome.]

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From loth, from Middle English loth ("disinclined"; "loathsome"), from Old English lāþ ("loathsome", "evil")

Examples

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  • Loath is loath to be misspelt with an e.

    December 15, 2007

  • I swear an oathe never to so do.

    December 16, 2007

  • For a variant, see loth.

    December 16, 2007