Definitions

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

  • adj. Loathsome.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. loathsome; hideous
  • adv. In a loathsome manner; disgustingly.
  • adv. Unwillingly; reluctantly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Loathsome.
  • adv. Unwillingly; reluctantly.
  • adv. So as to cause loathing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Loathsome; disgusting.
  • In a loathsome manner; disgustingly.
  • Unwillingly; reluctantly.

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

  • adj. highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust

Etymologies

Middle English lothly, from Old English lāthlīc : lāth, hateful + -līc, like; see -ly1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English lothli, loothly, from Old English lāþlīc ("loathly, hateful, horrible, repulsive, unpleasant"), equivalent to loath +‎ -ly. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English *lothli, loothly, from Old English lāþlīċe ("hatefully"), equivalent to loath +‎ -ly. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Also the yellowessness of these ear thingys will likely change to blackesness later on making them a loathly addition to your goth-emo persona.

    Regretsy – Auction #5

  • The one story I do like is the “loathly lady” where one of the knights is pressured into marrying an old hag.

    Kingmaking and author Q&A

  • Half of it is Orpheus+Selkies+Thomas the Rhymer+Gawain and the loathly lady.

    NaNoWriMo 2009

  • The grim and loathly aspect with which the falconer had regarded Oliver

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • No! when a husband she loathes is mated with a woman, even life is loathly to her.

    Helen

  • They add that, although it is loathly and horrible to look upon, being in the form of a skeleton, I yet give it especial honour and call it in the Greek tongue, basileus, my king.

    The Defense

  • It is then as mysterious an art as it is loathly and horrible; it needs as

    The Defense

  • Now, since thou hast dared this loathly crime, come, look thy father in the face.

    Hippolytus

  • Whereupon he looked in her face and knew her by her loathly form and the length of her dog-teeth: so he asked her,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The man was foulest-foul of face and loathly of form, but the woman was a marvel of beauty and loveliness and elegance and perfect grace; and as for the wooden horse, it was a miracle, never saw eyes aught goodlier than it nor more gracious than its make.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

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