lief


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lief

 (lēf)
adv. lief·er, lief·est
Readily; willingly: I would as lief go now as later.
adj. liefer, liefest Archaic
1. Beloved; dear.
2. Ready or willing.

[Middle English leve, lef, dear, willingly, from Old English lēof, dear; see leubh- in Indo-European roots.]

lief

(liːf)
adv
rare gladly; willingly: I'd as lief go today as tomorrow.
adj
(Historical Terms) archaic
a. ready; glad
b. dear; beloved
[Old English leof; related to lufu love]

lief

(lif)

adv.
gladly; willingly: I would as lief go south as not.
[before 900; Middle English leef, Old English lēof, c. Old Saxon liof, Old High German liob, Old Norse ljūfr, Gothic liufs; akin to love]
lief′ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.lief - in a willing manner; "this was gladly agreed to"; "I would fain do it"
Translations

lief

(archaic) [liːf] ADV I'd as lief not goigual me da no ir, de igual gana no voy

lief

adv (old) I would as liefich würde ebenso gern; I would as lief … as anythingich würde nichts lieber tun als …
References in classic literature ?
I want to be so I can help my mother and the children at home, and not have to ask lief of anybody.
Never mind, mamma; you'd as lief as not Topsy should do it,--had you not?
But perhaps you young ladies may not care about the beaux, and had as lief be without them as with them.
WOULD HE TAKE A MESSAGE, Just as lief as not; had nothing else to do; would carry it in no time.
She was a fine, smart girl, now wide awake and bright as a button, and had such a sweet pretty mouth, that Dominicus would almost as lief have heard a love tale from it as a tale of murder.
you’d as lief drown a man as one of them there fish; not to throw a Christian creature so much as a rope’s end when he was adrift, and no life-buoy in sight
He himself would just as lief hit a holy man as not, but .
I for my part would as lief have looked a tiger in the teeth.
And as for you, sir, I would as lief see her the wife of the Outlaw of Torn.
I had as lief have the castle drawbridge drop upon my pate.
Being so," said he, "I would as lief they didnae see me.
A mild fit of calenture seizes him, in which he deems that the ground so far below, is on a level with the tower, and would as lief walk off the tower into the air as not.