See also: Lief

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English lef, leve, leef, from Old English lēof, from Proto-Germanic *leubaz. Cognate with Saterland Frisian ljo, ljoo, West Frisian leaf, Dutch lief, German Low German leev, German lieb, Swedish and Norwegian Nynorsk ljuv, Gothic 𐌻𐌹𐌿𐍆𐍃 (liufs), Russian любо́вь (ljubóvʹ), Polish luby.

For the adverb, compare German lieber, Dutch liever (preferably, rather).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

lief (comparative liefer or liever, superlative liefest or lievest)

  1. (archaic) Beloved, dear, agreeable.
  2. (archaic) Ready, willing.
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AdverbEdit

lief (comparative liefer or liever, superlative liefest)

  1. (archaic) Readily, willingly, rather.
    • 1826, Thomas Byerly, John Timbs, The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction:
      As far as physiognomy goes, the winners protest that they would as lief have foregone the double points, and the money.
    • 1869, RD Blackmoore, Lorna Doone, II:
      these great masters of the art, who would far liefer see us little ones practice it, than themselves engage [...].
    • 1902: "Corner in Chrysanthemums" by Josephine Spenser
      I'd as lief put on my hat and cane and help you if you think they'll be too heavy.
    I'd as lief have one as t'other.
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Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

lief (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of lif

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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch lief, from Old Dutch *liof, from Proto-Germanic *leubaz, from Proto-Indo-European *lewbʰ-.

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AdjectiveEdit

lief (comparative liever, superlative liefst)

  1. nice, sweet
    Synonym: aardig
  2. beloved

InflectionEdit

Inflection of lief
uninflected lief
inflected lieve
comparative liever
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial lief liever het liefst
het liefste
indefinite m./f. sing. lieve lievere liefste
n. sing. lief liever liefste
plural lieve lievere liefste
definite lieve lievere liefste
partitive liefs lievers

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DescendantsEdit

  • Negerhollands: lief
  • Papiamentu: lif

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NounEdit

lief n (plural lieven, diminutive liefje n)

  1. one's beloved in a romantic relationship, i.e. a boyfriend or girlfriend

Usage notesEdit

  • May be used as a term of address, particularly the diminutive liefje and the related substantivized superlative liefste.

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GermanEdit

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VerbEdit

lief

  1. first/third-person singular preterite of laufen

LuxembourgishEdit

VerbEdit

lief

  1. second-person singular imperative of liewen

Middle DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Dutch *liof, from Proto-Germanic *leubaz, from Proto-Indo-European *lewbʰ-.

AdjectiveEdit

lief

  1. loved, dear
  2. sweet, nice

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NormanEdit

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NounEdit

lief m (plural liefs)

  1. (Jersey) roof

Old FrisianEdit

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liēf

  1. Old West Frisian form of liāf

ReferencesEdit

  • Bremmer, Rolf H. (2009) An Introduction to Old Frisian: History, Grammar, Reader, Glossary, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, →ISBN, page 115

Old SpanishEdit

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lief (plural lieues)

  1. Apocopic form of lieue; light, effortless
    • c. 1200, Almerich, Fazienda de Ultramar, f. 42v.
      ca aſſi diz el criador. fazed en eſta torriente muchos pozos enó ueredes pluuia nj uiéto en conplir ſea eſta torriente de agua. beuredes uos e uŕas beſtias lief coſa es eſta delant el ćador []
      “For thus says the Creator, ‘Make in this streambed many ditches. And you will see neither rain nor wind, but this streambed will be filled with water. You and your beasts will drink. This is a light thing before the Creator [] .’”

ScotsEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • (contracted) lee

EtymologyEdit

From Old English lēof, from Proto-Germanic *leubaz.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

lief (comparative liefer, superlative liefest)

  1. dear, beloved

YolaEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English lyf, from Old English līf, from Proto-West Germanic *līb.

NounEdit

lief

  1. life

ReferencesEdit

  • Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith

ZealandicEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch lijf, from Old Dutch līf, from Proto-Germanic *lībą.

AdjectiveEdit

lief n (plural [please provide])

  1. body