adjective, a superl. of little with less or lesser as compar.
adverb superl. of little with less as compar.
- at the lowest estimate or figure: The repairs will cost at least $100.
- at any rate; in any case: You didn't get a good grade, but at least you passed the course.
Origin of least
British Dictionary definitions for not in the least
- the least the superlative of little you have the least talent of anyone
- (as pronoun; functioning as sing)least isn't necessarily worst
- if nothing elseyou should at least try
- at the least
Word Origin for least
Word Origin and History for not in the least
Old English læst, earlier læsest "smallest" (superlative of lytel "small"), from Proto-Germanic superlative *laisistaz (see less). Qualifying phrase at least is Middle English æt læstan. As a noun, from early 12c.; as an adverb, c.1200.
Idioms and Phrases with not in the least (1 of 2)
not in the least
see in the least.
Idioms and Phrases with not in the least (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with least
- least of all
- least resistance, line of
- at least
- in the least
- last but not least
- to say the least