to say the least

Definition of to say the least

used to emphasize a statement
  • She was not happy, to say the least.

Word by Word Definitions

say play
  1. : to express in words : state

  2. : to state as opinion or belief : declare

  3. : utter, pronounce

  1. : something that is said : statement

  2. : an expression of opinion

  3. : a right or power to influence action or decision

  1. : about, approximately

  2. : for example : as

least play
  1. : superlative of little:1

  2. : lowest in importance or position

  3. : smallest in size or degree

  1. : one that is least

  1. : superlative of little:2

  2. : in the smallest or lowest degree


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