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Princeton's WordNet

  1. leastadjective

    something that is of no importance

    "it is the least I can do"; "that is the least of my concerns"

  2. least(a)adverb

    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"

  3. least, to the lowest degreeadverb

    used to form the superlative

    "The garter snake is the least dangerous snake"


  1. leastadverb

    Used for forming superlatives of adjectives, especially those that do not form the superlative by adding -est.

    It was the least surprising thing.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Leastadj. the superlative of little.

    Little beyond others; smallest.

    Etymology: læst , Saxon.

    I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies shewed to thy servant. Gen. xxxii. 10.

    A man can no more have a positive idea of the greatest than he has of the least space. John Locke.

  2. Leastadverb

    In the lowest degree; in a degree below others; less than any other way.

    He resolv’d to wave his suit,
    Or for a while play least in sight. Hudibras, p. i.

    Ev’n that avert; I chuse it not;
    But taste it as the least unhappy lot. John Dryden, Knight’s Tale.

    No man more truly knows to place a right value on your friendship, than he who least deserves it on all other accounts than his due sense of it. Alexander Pope, Letters.


  1. least

    Comparison is a feature in the morphology or syntax of some languages whereby adjectives and adverbs are rendered in an inflected or periphrastic way to indicate a comparative degree, property, quality, or quantity of a corresponding word, phrase, or clause. A superlative construction expresses the greatest quality, quantity, or degree relative to all other comparators. The associated grammatical category is degree of comparison. The usual degrees of comparison are the positive, which simply denotes a property (as with the English words big and fully); the comparative, which indicates greater degree (as bigger and more fully); and the superlative, which indicates greatest degree (as biggest and most fully). Some languages have forms indicating a very large degree of a particular quality (called elative in Semitic linguistics). Other languages (e.g. English) can express lesser degree, e.g. beautiful, less beautiful, least beautiful. The comparative degrees are frequently associated with adjectives and adverbs because these words take the -er suffix or modifying word more or less. (e.g., faster, more intelligent, less wasteful). Comparison can also, however, appear when no adjective or adverb is present, for instance with nouns (e.g., more men than women). However, the usage of the word than between nouns simply denotes a comparison made and not degree of comparison comparing the intensity or the extent of the subjects. One preposition, near, also has comparative and superlative forms, as in Find the restaurant nearest your house.


  1. least

    Least can be defined as the smallest in amount, extent, or importance; the lowest or smallest possible or necessary.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leastadjective

    smallest, either in size or degree; shortest; lowest; most unimportant; as, the least insect; the least mercy; the least space

  2. Leastadverb

    in the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others; as, to reward those who least deserve it

  3. Least

    see Lest, conj

  4. Etymology: [OE. last, lest, AS. lsast, lsest, superl. of lssa less. See Less, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Least

    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.).]

  2. Least

    lēst, conj. (Spens.). Same as Lest.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'least' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2292

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'least' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3617

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'least' in Adverbs Frequency: #186

Anagrams for least »

  1. astel

  2. lates

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  5. setal

  6. slate

  7. stale

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  10. taels

  11. tales

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of least in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of least in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of least in a Sentence

  1. Daryann Fennal:

    Despite the horrible incident we witnessed, I remain hopeful for the future and I hope we at least reached one person's heart yesterday.

  2. Jitse Groen:

    We will return to some sort of normality from April onwards, at least in Europe, it will be some combination of having vaccinated the most vulnerable people and the weather improving.

  3. John Clarke, Paroemiologia Anglo-Latina, 1639:

    Who is more busy than he who hath least to do?

  4. Michael Carome:

    Although we welcome this long-overdue action, this ban comes too late for the thousands of women who have been irreparably harmed by these devices, since at least 2011, there has been clear evidence that these products are unsafe for treating pelvic organ prolapse and lack any clinically significant benefits in comparison to nonmesh products.

  5. Rory McIlroy:

    Only shooting one-under yesterday on the south course, I knew I needed to go out and shoot something at least in the mid 60s to just make the cut, let alone get back in the golf tournament, so it was nice to eagle the first hole we played and it's always a bonus when you can hole a wedge shot as well. All in all a good round of golf and at least have a shot going into the weekend.

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    a state of irritation or annoyance
    • A. suffuse
    • B. abet
    • C. huff
    • D. monish

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