Definition of lief in English:

lief

adverb

Archaic
  • As happily; as gladly.

    ‘he would just as lief eat a pincushion’
    • ‘Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it, as many of your players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines.’
    • ‘Here is W. S. Gilbert's spoof line, ‘I would as lief be thrust through a thicket hedge as cry Pooh to a callow throstle’.’
    • ‘‘I had as lief be a Brownist as a politician,’ said bibulous Sir Andrew Ague-cheek.’
    • ‘As for the first, I would as lief pray with him as with any man.’
    • ‘I figgered, an’ we had the stuff, we'd jist as lief knock together somethin’ tha’ didn’ take an expert t’ aim.’
    with pleasure, happily, cheerfully
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Origin

Old English lēof dear, pleasant of Germanic origin: related to leave and love.

Pronunciation:

lief

/lēf/