Definition of loath adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(less frequent loth) adjective
BrE BrE//ləʊθ//
; NAmE NAmE//loʊθ//
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loath to do something (formal) not willing to do something He was loath to admit his mistake. They were obviously loath to let her leave. Word OriginOld English lāth ‘hostile, spiteful’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch leed, German Leid ‘sorrow’.
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