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[leest-weyz] /ˈlistˌweɪz/
adverb, Dialect.
at least; at any rate; leastwise.
Origin of leastways
1350-1400; Middle English leest weye. See least, -ways Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • leastways, when I say history I may be wrong, because they will never appear in history.

    War and the Weird Forbes Phillips
  • leastways, not for a day or two after they came home from sea.

    Man Overboard! F(rancis) Marion Crawford
  • leastways, I thought it wouldn't be much harm to deliver it at once.

    Tales of the Wonder Club M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)
  • I never had any expectation of seein' you again, leastways not in this world.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • "I s'pose I be—leastways, he thinks so," he answered in a compound tone of fierceness and sulkiness.

    Rathfelder's Hotel Annie E. Bosworth
  • And we thought naught of it, then—leastways, what we did think was that it was Mr. Horbury.

    The Chestermarke Instinct J. S. Fletcher
  • I'm agin marrying, leastways as long as a chap's sound on his pins.

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • But you're able to hear, I reckon; leastways your ears is big enough.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • We turned in at the gate of leastways Cottage, and proceeded up the now familiar stairs.

  • Probably I flew; leastways I don't seem to remember jumping.

British Dictionary definitions for leastways


(informal) at least; anyway; at any rate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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