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Definitions of lief

  1. in a willing manner; "this was gladly agreed to"; "I would fain do it" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (`lief' is archaic) very willing; "was lief to go"; "glad to help" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Same as Lif. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Dear; beloved. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Pleasing; agreeable; acceptable; preferable. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Willing; disposed. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A dear one; a sweetheart. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Willingly; as, I had as lief go as stay. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. (poetry) Loved, dear. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Lovingly: willingly, now chiefly used in the phrase, "I had as lief.". The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Willingly; freely. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Dear; beloved; willing. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. Gladly; willingly. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. Dear. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. Willingly; as lief, as soon. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. The fibre by which the petioles of the date-palm are bound together, from which all sorts of cordage are made. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  19. 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. dictgcide_fs
  20. l[=e]f, adj. (arch.) loved, dear.--adv. willingly--now chiefly used in the phrases, 'I had as lief,' 'to have liefer.' [A.S. leóf; Ger. lieb, loved.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  21. (comp. -er,rare). Gladly, willingly, (usu. I would as l. do something out of the question as). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  22. [A.S., O.E., Ger., Goth., cf. L., Skt.] Adv., gladly, readily. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  23. [A.S., O.E., Ger., Goth., cf. L., Skt.] Dear, beloved. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  24. adv. [Anglo-Saxon] Gladly; willingly; freely. Cabinet Dictionary

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