From Old English wlātian, wlǣtian (“to loathe; cause a person loathing, disgust”), from Proto-Germanic *wlētōną, *wlatōną (“to disgust”), from Proto-Indo-European *wel(w)-, *wlē- (“to twist, wind, roll”). Cognate with Scots wlate (“to disgust”), Middle Low German wlaten (“to disgust, nauseate”). Related also to Old English ġewlǣtan (“to pollute, defile, debase”).
- (intransitive) to feel disgust (toward); loathe; abominate
- (transitive) to disgust; cause (one) to loathe