Lief Lief (l[=e]f), a. [Written also {lieve}.] [OE. leef, lef, leof, AS. le['o]f; akin to OS. liof, OFries. liaf, D. lief, G. lieb, OHG. liob, Icel. lj?fr, Sw. ljuf, Goth. liubs, and E. love. [root]124. See {Love}, and cf. {Believe}, {Leave}, n., {Furlough}, {Libidinous}.] 1. Dear; beloved. [Obs., except in poetry.] ``My liefe mother.'' --Chaucer. ``My liefest liege.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

As thou art lief and dear. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]


Note: (Used with a form of the verb to be, and the dative of the personal pronoun.) Pleasing; agreeable; acceptable; preferable. [Obs.] See {Lief}, adv., and Had as lief, under {Had}. [1913 Webster]

Full lief me were this counsel for to hide. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Death me liefer were than such despite. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. Willing; disposed. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

I am not lief to gab. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

He up arose, however lief or loth. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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