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

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • 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 always keeps off a penny for Jim—leastways as often as I can.

  • "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 there's a rope-walk you'd enjoy seeing, leastways you would if you were a boy.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • I'm agin marrying, leastways as long as a chap's sound on his pins.

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • Ah'll take 'em along easy-like, leastways if you're not in a hurry.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
  • We turned in at the gate of leastways Cottage, and proceeded up the now familiar stairs.

  • I can 't say as I sniffs nothin'—leastways, nothin' perticerler.

    Wappin' Wharf Charles S. Brooks
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.).

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