from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Chiefly Southern U.S. At least.

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  • adv. at least

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. At least; at all events.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • At least: an obsolete or colloquial form of leastwise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. if nothing else (`leastwise' is informal and `leastways' is colloquial)


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  • 'Nothing at all, Edie dear; leastways, that is, nothing to speak of,' said her mother, coming up from the shop hot and flurried from her desperate encounter with the redoubtable Miss Luttrell.


  • "It ain't the SMILING JANE," said one of the seamen; "leastways," he added cautiously, "it wasn't when I came aboard."

    Many Cargoes

  • Which is a bad thing, cause I always liked Lou and nobody likes a thief, leastways one that's low enough to steal from another carny.

    Think being nobody's easy? Try it with the lights out.

  • In the meantime, you just rest up and think about what things you want to pack, because we'll just about have to set up housekeeping on your stuff -- leastways, the front part of the house.

    Chapter XXIII

  • He didn't tell it, Miss -- leastways, not until after them three others boarded us.


  • He was gentler than a woman — leastways, than the "girls" who used to live in some big buildin's across the way there where you see the warehouse now.

    Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon

  • If you can't get soup you can leastways get applesauce.

    Pheasant Hunt

  • But there was no storm, leastways not any rain storm to speak of, and the hunt sucked.

    Pheasant Hunt

  • She is the experienced one, leastways that is what she is running on.

    Obama campaign makes general election plans

  • Gibson got some money, but like Brando in The Waterfront, he coulda been a contender, and wasn't, leastways not for his first novel.

    Archive 2010-02-01


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