Lief

Definition of Lief

Pronunciation: lēf
n.1.Same as Lif.
a.1.Dear; beloved.
As thou art lief and dear.
- Tennyson.
2.Pleasing; agreeable; acceptable; preferable.
Full lief me were this counsel for to hide.
- Chaucer.
Death me liefer were than such despite.
- Spenser.
3.Willing; disposed.
I am not lief to gab.
- Chaucer.
He up arose, however lief or loth.
- Spenser.
n.1.A dear one; a sweetheart.
adv.1.Gladly; willingly; freely; - now used only in the phrases, had as lief, and would as lief; as, I had, or would, as lief go as not.
All women liefest would
Be sovereign of man's love.
- Gower.
I had as lief the town crier spoke my lines.
- Shak.
Far liefer by his dear hand had I die.
- Tennyson.

Related Words

fain, gladly
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