AskDefine | Define lief

Dictionary Definition

lief adj : (`lief' is archaic) very willing; "was lief to go"; "glad to help" [syn: glad, lief(p)] adv : in a willing manner; "this was gladly agreed to"; "I would fain do it" [syn: gladly, fain]

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English

Etymology

Old English lēof, from Germanic *leubo-. Cognate with Dutch lief, German lieb, Swedish ljuv.
Adverb: Cf. German lieber, Dutch liever, preferably, rather

Pronunciation

  • /li:f/

Adverb

  1. Readily, willingly.
    • 2006, Patrick McCabe, Winterwood, Bloomsbury 2007, p. 17:
      —Cunt, he said. Cunt and hoor: I'd as lief have cut his throat.
    • He would as lief have chewed his own arm off as gone to the party.

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • [li:f]

Adjective

lief (Alternate form: lieve, : liever, : liefst)

Noun

lief (Plural: lieven, diminutive: liefje, diminutive plural: liefjes more used than lieven)
  1. boyfriend or girlfriend in a romantic relationship

German

Pronunciation

  • [liːf]

Verb

lief
  1. Past of laufen ‘to walk

Extensive Definition

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