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[leest-wahyz] /ˈlist waɪz/
adverb, Informal.
at least; at any rate.
Origin of leastwise
First recorded in 1525-35; least + -wise Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • leastwise, he ain't what you'd go so far as to call a boon companion.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • You see we never has none of 'em in Wolfville; leastwise we never does but once.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • Don't let her get any nearer, leastwise while he's aloft with the glasses.

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly
  • I was a baby, as you may say; leastwise a child of three or four.

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
  • Taking "lest" for least, can it have been used for at least, or as some people say, leastwise?

  • He couldn't understand me if I had,—leastwise I couldn't 'a understood him.

    Starlight Ranch Charles King
  • leastwise, it may not have been her eyes, but it was her look.

    Friendship Village Zona Gale
  • The baby did n't cry no more that night; leastwise we did n't hear it if it did cry.

    Second Book of Tales

    Eugene Field
  • But it is n't for a man to have them feelin's—leastwise, it is n't for him to tell uv 'em.

    Second Book of Tales

    Eugene Field
  • leastwise, don't do it while you're stayin' at the Cunnel's.

    Sunlight Patch

    Credo Fitch Harris

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