from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lowest in importance or rank.
- adj. Smallest in magnitude or degree.
- adj. Slightest or tiniest: didn't care the least bit.
- adv. To or in the lowest or smallest degree.
- n. One that is the lowest or smallest in importance, rank, magnitude, or degree: The dinner menu is the least of my worries tonight. The least you can do is to be polite.
- idiom at least According to the lowest possible assessment; not less than: waited at least an hour.
- idiom at least In any event; anyway: You might at least answer.
- idiom in the least At all: I don't mind in the least.
- idiom least of all Particularly not: Nobody cared, least of all the manager.
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- adv. Used for forming superlatives of adjectives, especially those that do not form the superlative by adding -est.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Smallest, either in size or degree; shortest; lowest; most unimportant
- adv. In the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others.
- conj. See lest, conj.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Smallest; little in size or degree, etc., beyond all others: answering as superlative to little.
- In the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others: as, to reward those who least deserve it.
- An obsolete spelling of lest.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something that is of no importance
- adv. used to form the superlative
- adj. 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
Middle English, from Old English lǣst; see leis-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)