laþ

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Germanic *laiþa-, from Indo-European *aleit- ‘sorrow’.

Germanic cognates: Old Frisian leed, Old Saxon lēþ (Dutch leed), Old High German leid (German Leid), Old Norse leiðr (Swedish led).

Indo-European cognates: Latin lēdere 'to harm', Greek αλιτρός (alitrós), Albanian lëndoj 'I hurt, touch', Irish liuss.

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Adjective[edit]

lāþ (comparative lāþra, superlative lāþost)

  1. loathsome, hateful, unpleasant, evil
    Leofest on life lað biþ ðænne.
    What is dearest in life, shall then be hateful.

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Noun[edit]

lāþ n

  1. a person or thing that is evil, hated or unpleasant
    Mid lufe ge mid laðe
    With what is pleasant and what is unpleasant.