leastways, leastwise

leastways, leastwise
These words are dialectal, appearing only in regional speech and never in formal writing. They mean "at any rate," "in any event," or "at least": "Leastways, that's what I thought he said." "You could leastwise try harder." Both words are highly informal conversation fillers and should not be used in writing or speech unless employed for the purpose of characterizing an uneducated person.

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  • leastways — See leastways, leastwise …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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  • Leastways — Least ways , Leastwise Least wise , adv. At least; at all events. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] {At leastways}, or {At leastwise}, at least. [Obs.] Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Leastwise — Leastways Least ways , Leastwise Least wise , adv. At least; at all events. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] {At leastways}, or {At leastwise}, at least. [Obs.] Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leastways — (also leastwise) ► ADVERB dialect or informal ▪ at least …   English terms dictionary

  • leastways — [lēst′wāz΄] adv. [< phr. at the least ways, at least] Chiefly Dial. leastwise; anyway …   English World dictionary

  • leastwise — adverb if nothing else ( leastwise is informal and leastways is colloquial) at least he survived they felt at any rate Jim felt relieved though still wary the influence of economists or at any rate of economics is far reaching • Syn: ↑at least,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • leastways — /leest wayz /, adv. Dial. at least; at any rate; leastwise. [1350 1400; ME leest weye. See LEAST, WAYS] * * * …   Universalium

  • leastways — (also leastwise) adverb dialect or informal at least …   English new terms dictionary

  • leastways — least•ways [[t]ˈlistˌweɪz[/t]] adv. Dial. sts at least; at any rate; leastwise …   From formal English to slang

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