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See also: loathe
- loth (mostly UK)
- unwilling, reluctant; averse, disinclined
- I was loath to return to the office without the Henderson file.
- 1911, Jack London, The Whale Tooth
- The frizzle-headed man-eaters were loath to leave their fleshpots so long as the harvest of human carcases was plentiful. Sometimes, when the harvest was too plentiful, they imposed on the missionaries by letting the word slip out that on such a day there would be a killing and a barbecue.
- (obsolete) hostile, angry, loathsome, unpleasant
- Often confused in meaning and pronunciation with loathe, a related transitive verb.
- This spelling is about four times as common as "loth" in the UK and fifty times as common in the US.
unwilling, reluctant; averse, disinclined
hostile, angry, loathsome, unpleasant