from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Unwilling or reluctant; disinclined: I am loath to go on such short notice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. unwilling, reluctant; averse, disinclined
  • adj. hostile, angry, loathsome, unpleasant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Hateful; odious; disliked.
  • adj. Filled with disgust or aversion; averse; unwilling; reluctant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hateful; disliked; detested.
  • Feeling extreme unwillingness or aversion; very unwilling; reluctant; averse.
  • n. Evil; harm; injury.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom
  • adj. (usually followed by `to') strongly opposed


Middle English loth, displeasing, loath, from Old English lāth, hateful, loathsome.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From loth, from Middle English loth ("disinclined"; "loathsome"), from Old English lāþ ("loathsome", "evil") (Wiktionary)



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