AskDefine | Define loth

Dictionary Definition

loth adj
1 unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom; "a reluctant smile"; "loath to admit a mistake"; "unwilling to face facts" [syn: loath, reluctant]
2 (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" [syn: antipathetic, antipathetical, averse(p), indisposed(p), loath(p), loth(p)]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English lāþ.


IPA: /ləʊθ/


  1. hostile, angry, loathsome, unpleasant
  2. unwilling, reluctant
    I was loth to return to the office without the Henderson file.


Usage notes

Often confused in meaning and pronunciation with loathe.

Alternative spellings

Scottish Gaelic


loth , gen lotha, pl lothan
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