What does loath mean?

Definitions for loath
loʊθ, loʊðloath

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word loath.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. loath, loth, reluctantadjective

    unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom

    "a reluctant smile"; "loath to admit a mistake"

  2. antipathetic, antipathetical, averse(p), indisposed(p), loath(p), loth(p)adjective

    (usually followed by `to') strongly opposed

    "antipathetic to new ideas"; "averse to taking risks"; "loath to go on such short notice"; "clearly indisposed to grant their request"


  1. loathadjective

    unwilling, reluctant; averse, disinclined

    I was loath to return to the office without the Henderson file.

  2. loathadjective

    hostile, angry, loathsome, unpleasant

  3. Etymology: From loth, from loth, from laþ

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Loathadjective

    Unwilling; disliking; not ready; not inclined.

    Etymology: lað , Saxon.

    These fresh and delightful brooks, how slowly they slide away, as loth to leave the company of so many things united in perfection. Philip Sidney.

    With lofty eyes, half loth to look so low,
    She thanked them in her disdainful wise,
    Ne other grace vouchsafed them to show
    Of princess worthy. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    When he heard her answers loth, he knew
    Some secret sorrow did her heart distrain. Fairy Queen.

    To speak so indirectly, I am loth;
    I’d say the truth; but to accuse him so,
    That is your part. William Shakespeare, Meas. for Measure.

    Long doth she stay, as loth to leave the land,
    From whose soft side she first did issue make,
    She tastes all places, turns to ev’ry hand,
    Her flow’ry banks unwilling to forsake. Davies.

    Then wilt thou not be loth
    To leave this paradise, but shalt possess
    A paradise within thee, happier far! John Milton, Par. Lost.

    To pardon willing, and to punish loth;
    You strike with one hand, but you heal with both:
    Lifting up all that prostrate lie, you grieve
    You cannot make the dead again to live. Edmund Waller.

    When Æneas is forced to kill Lausus, the poet shews him compassionate, and is loth to destroy such a master-piece of nature. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    As some faint pilgrim standing on the shore,
    First views the torrent he would venture o’er;
    And then his inn upon the farther ground,
    Loth to wade through, and lother to go round:
    Then dipping in his staff does trial make
    How deep it is; and, sighing, pulls it back. Dryden.

    I know you shy to be oblig’d;
    And still more loath to be oblig’d by me. Thomas Southerne.


  1. loath

    Loath is an adjective that describes a strong unwillingness or reluctance to do something because it is disliked or disagreed upon. It conveys a feeling of intense dislike or aversion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Loathadjective

    hateful; odious; disliked

  2. Loathadjective

    filled with disgust or aversion; averse; unwilling; reluctant; as, loath to part

  3. Etymology: [OE. looth, loth, AS. l hostile, odious; akin to OS. l, G. leid, Icel. leir, Sw. led, G. leiden to suffer, OHG. ldan to suffer, go, cf. AS. lan to go, Goth. leipan, and E. lead to guide.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Loath

    Loth, lōth, adj. disliking: reluctant, unwilling.—adv. Loath′ly.—n. Loath′ness. [A.S. láð, hateful—líðan, to travel; Ger. leiden, suffer.]

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Anagrams for loath »

  1. altho

  2. lotah

  3. tolah

  4. lhota

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of loath in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of loath in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of loath in a Sentence

  1. Katie Nixon:

    This FOMC is also loath to repeat the premature policy pivot that allows inflation to resurge, demanding even tighter monetary policy which creates a recession.

  2. Jason Vaillancourt:

    Workers will be loath to relinquish the bargaining power they perceive to have gained over the past year.

  3. Robert Besseling:

    Ideologically, the EFF is closer to the ANC, though it will be loath to support the ANC which it has acrimoniously opposed in the National Assembly.

  4. Andy Challenger:

    Companies are loath to make any cuts, they're hanging on to everyone they can.

  5. Jeffrey Swanson:

    Mental health stakeholders are loath to have this conversation about improving mental health care in a context driven by violence prevention, because that's not why we need mental health reform per se, we need it because people are struggling with illnesses and they don't have access to care.

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