Complete Definition of "lief"

English

Etymology
Old English leof|lÄof, from Germanic *leubo-. Cognate with Dutch #Dutch|lief, German lieb, Swedish ljuv.

Adverb: Cf. German lieber, Dutch liever, preferably, rather

Pronunciation
IPA|/li:f/

Adjective
en-adj

  1. archaic beloved, dear, agreeable
  2. archaic willing

Adverb
en-adv|-

  1. archaic readily|Readily, willingly.

#*2006, Patrick McCabe?, Winterwood, Bloomsbury 2007, p. 17:
#*:âCunt, 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
IPA|[li:f]

Adjective
lief (Alternate form: lieve, compar: liever, superl: liefst)

  1. nice, sweet

Noun
lief (Plural: lieven, diminutive: liefje, diminutive plural: liefjes more used than lieven)

  1. boyfriend or girlfriend in a romantic relationship

German

Pronunciation
IPA|[liËf]

Verb
lief

  1. Past of laufen âto walkâ

Category:German verb forms

fr:lief
io:lief
nl:lief
ru:lief
te:lief
vi:lief
zh:lief

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