Middle English Dictionary Entry

lōth adj.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) Hateful, displeasing, unpleasant; ~ spel, evil tidings; (b) in impers. constructions: hem is ~, hit is hem ~, they do not wish (to do sth., that sth. be done); is me (us) ~, I (we) do not wish; the ~ is, you do not wish; him was ~, ~ him was, he did not wish; ~ was theim, they did not wish; hit were me (hire) ~, I (she) would not wish; ~ us were, we would not wish; etc.; (c) with antithetical lef [cp. lef adj. & adv. 3a. (b)]: lef other (or) ~, ~ or lef (dere), pleasant or not, agreeable or not.
(a) Horrible, hideous, gross, foul; (b) ill-favored, unattractive, ugly; (c) evil, malignant, hostile, spiteful; his ~ men, his enemies; (d) angry; lef (glad) or ~, pleased or displeased.
(a) Unwilling, reluctant; disinclined (to do sth.); lef or ~, willing or not; lef ne ~, willy-nilly; (b) difficult, troublesome; (c) dissatisfied, displeased; ~ of (with), displeased with (sth.), averse to (sth.).

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • c1275(?c1250) Owl & N.(Clg A.9)1607 : Þu seist þat ich am manne wloð [alt. from wrað; Jes-O loþ] An euer euch man is wið me wroð.
  • Note: New spelling
    Note: Better to loth adj. than in wlate adj. See discussions by Stanley and Askins.--per REL.