Definitions for leastlist
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word least
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
least*list(adj.)little; less; lesser
smallest in size, amount, degree, etc.; slightest:
to pay the least amount of attention.
lowest in consideration, position, or importance.
(n.)something that is least; the least amount, quantity, degree, etc.
(adv.)superl. oflittlewithlessas compar. to the smallest extent, amount, or degree:
That's the least important question of all.
Idioms for least:
at least, at the lowest estimate or figure. at any rate; in any case.
not in the least,not in the smallest degree; not at all.
* a superl. of as compar..
Origin of least:
bef. 950; ME leest(e), OE lǣst, superl. of lǣssaless
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
smallest in size, amount, or degree
a program to help people with the least money
indicates that an amount is at the lowest end of a range
He must've weighed 250 pounds at the very least.; Of all the candidates, he impressed me the least.; The color of the car is the least of my worries.
to the smallest degree
my least favorite singer; The money arrived when I least expected it.
He didn't fool anyone, least of all his wife.
indicates the smallest amount or number
It'll cost at least $200.
indicates the positive side of a bad situation
The car is a mess, but at least she wasn't hurt.
if nothing else happens or is true
You could at least pick up your dirty clothes
indicates you are not sure about what you are saying; = anyway
He's a lawyer - at least I think he is.
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
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
Translations for least
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(somethimes with the ) to the smallest or lowest degree
I like her (the) least of all the girls; That is the least important of our problems.
- die minsteAfrikaans
- menosPortuguese (BR)
- am wenigstenGerman
- kõige vähemEstonian
- le moinsFrench
- פָּחוֹת מִכָּלHebrew
- कम से कम मात्रा में, अल्पतम परिमाण मेंHindi
- najmanje, minimalnoCroatian
- paling kurangIndonesian
- minnst, sístIcelandic
- 가장 적게Korean
- paling tidakMalay
- cel mai puţinRomanian
- менее всегоRussian
- minst, minstaSwedish
- en az/ufak miktardaTurkish
- 最小Chinese (Trad.)
- щонайменше, в найменшій міріUkrainian
- اقل مقدارUrdu
- ít nhấtVietnamese
- 最小Chinese (Simp.)
Get even more translations for least »
Find a translation for the least definition in other languages:
Select another language: