/ˈloʊθli/ (say 'lohthlee)

1. loathsome.
2. Obsolete reluctantly; unwillingly.
{Middle English lothly from Old English lāthlic, from lāth hateful + -lic like; see -ly}

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  • Loathly — Loath ly (l[=o]th l[y^]), adv. 1. Unwillingly; reluctantly. [1913 Webster] This shows that you from nature loathly stray. Donne. [1913 Webster] 2. (l[=o][th] l[y^]) So as to cause loathing. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] With dust and blood his locks were …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Loathly — Loath ly (l[=o][th] l[y^]), a. [AS. l[=a][eth]lic.] Loathsome. [Obs.] Loathly mouth. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • loathly — (adj.) O.E. laðlic hateful, horrible, unpleasant; see LOATH (Cf. loath) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). As an adverb, O.E. laðlice …   Etymology dictionary

  • loathly — loathly1 [lōth′lē, lōth′lē] adv. [ME lothlie < OE lathlice: see LOATH & LY2] Rare unwillingly; reluctantly loathly2 [lōth′lē] adj. [ME lothely < OE lathlice: see LOATHE & LY …   English World dictionary

  • loathly — I. adjective Date: before 12th century loathsome, repulsive II. adverb Date: 15th century not willingly ; reluctantly …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • loathly — loathly1 /lohth lee, lohdh /, adv. reluctantly; unwillingly. [bef. 1000; ME lothliche, OE lathlice. See LOATH, LY (adv. suffix)] loathly2 /lohdh lee, lohth /, adj. Archaic. loathsome; hideous; repulsive. [bef. 900; ME lothlic(e), OE lathlic. See… …   Universalium

  • loathly — adjective loathsome; hideous …   Wiktionary

  • loathly — adj. Body and Soul, 56; [lolich]. Pol. S. 203 …   Oldest English Words

  • loathly — adv reluctantly, unwillingly, aversely, re sistingly, resistantly; hesitantly, hesitatingly, shyly, haltingly, slowly, laggardly, sluggishly, unhurriedly, unhurryingly …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • loathly — loath·ly …   English syllables

  • loathly — I loath•ly [[t]ˈloʊθ li, ˈloʊð [/t]] adv. reluctantly; unwillingly II loath•ly [[t]ˈloʊð li, ˈloʊθ [/t]] adj. archaic loathsome; hideous; repulsive • Etymology: bef. 900; ME lothlic(e), OE lāthlīc. See loath, ly (adj. suffix) …   From formal English to slang

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