something that is of no importance
"it is the least I can do"; "that is the least of my concerns"
the superlative of `little' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning smallest in amount or extent or degree
"didn't care the least bit"; "he has the least talent of anyone"
least, to the lowest degree(adverb)
used to form the superlative
"The garter snake is the least dangerous snake"
Used for forming superlatives of adjectives, especially those that do not form the superlative by adding -est.
It was the least surprising thing.
smallest, either in size or degree; shortest; lowest; most unimportant; as, the least insect; the least mercy; the least space
in the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others; as, to reward those who least deserve it
see Lest, conj
Origin: [OE. last, lest, AS. lsast, lsest, superl. of lssa less. See Less, a.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
lēst, adj. (serves as superl. of Little) little beyond all others: smallest.—adv. in the smallest or lowest degree.—advs. Least′ways, Least′wise, at least: however.—At least, or At the least, at the lowest estimate: at any rate. [A.S. læst, contr. from læsast, from læssa (adj.), less, læs (adv.).]
lēst, conj. (Spens.). Same as Lest.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'least' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2292
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'least' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3617
Rank popularity for the word 'least' in Adverbs Frequency: #186
astel, lates, leats, salet, setal, slate, stale, steal, stela, taels, tales, teals, tesla
The numerical value of least in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of least in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The happiest is the person who suffers the least pain the most miserable who enjoys the least pleasure.
The principle of least surprise is not for you only. The principle of least surprise means principle of least my surprise.
And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
We were pleased to learn from the president today that at least 250,000 farm workers (and at least 125,000 California farm workers) will be eligible for deportation relief under his executive action.
Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny.
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- geringst, am wenigstenGerman
- mínimo, menosSpanish
- vähiten, vähin, pieninFinnish
- moindre, moinsFrench
- कम से कमHindi
- meno, minimoItalian
- 가장 적게Korean
- najmanji, minimalanSerbo-Croatian
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