adverb Dialect.

at least; at any rate; leastwise.

Origin of leastways

First recorded in 1350–1400, leastways is from the Middle English word leest weye. See least, -ways
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Examples from the Web for leastways

Historical Examples of leastways

  • We al'ays call it so, leastways when we're writin' back an' forth.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Leastways she's found his remains,' said Mark, correcting himself.

  • So you were too close to register, leastways till it was way too late.

    Satellite System

    Horace Brown Fyfe

  • And by good rights I've got it together again, leastways it looks so.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I do not think that my vision was a dream; leastways, I do not think that I was asleep when it visited me.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for leastways


US and Canadian leastwise


informal at least; anyway; at any rate
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Word Origin and History for leastways

1825, colloquial, from least + way. Regarded as vulgar, but simply a one-word form of Chaucer's leest weye (late 14c.).

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