Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “loathe”


verb [T]  /loʊð/ us  
to feel strong hate, dislike, or disgust for someone or something: I loathe doing housework. "Do you like fish?" "No, I loathe it."
noun [U]  /ˈloʊ·ðɪŋ/ us  
He’s full of loathing and despair.
(Definition of loathe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of loathe?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Not liking, but you might be interested in these topics from the Disliking topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “loathe” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


of or at the beginning

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More