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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 ?
ANTIGONE I pleasure those whom I would liefest please.
The effects made possible by the accentual meter are more notable, especially in Perigot's heated response to Colin's sestina: O Colin, Colin, the shepheards joye, How I admire ech turning of thy verse: And Cuddie, fresh Cuddie the liefest boye, How dolefully his doole thou didst rehearse.