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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /liːt/
  • Rhymes: -iːt
  • (file)

Etymology 1Edit

From Scots leet, leit, of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Old French lite, litte, variant of liste (list); or from Old Norse leiti, hleyti (a share, portion) (compare Old English hlēte (share, lot)); or an aphaeretic shortening of French élite.

NounEdit

leet (plural leets)

  1. (Scotland) A portion or list, especially a list of candidates for an office; also the candidates themselves.[1]

Etymology 2Edit

From Old English lēt, past tense of lǣtan (to let).

VerbEdit

leet

  1. (obsolete) simple past tense of let

Etymology 3Edit

Originated 1400–50 from late Middle English lete (meeting), from Anglo-Norman lete and Medieval Latin leta (Anglo-Latin), possibly from Old English ġelǣte (crossroads).

NounEdit

leet (plural leets)

  1. (Britain, obsolete) A regular court, more specifically a court-leet, in which certain lords had jurisdiction over local disputes, or the physical area of this jurisdiction.[1]

Etymology 4Edit

Jamieson mentions the alternative spellings lyth, lythe, laid, and laith, and connects it to a erb lythe (to shelter), as it "is frequently caught ... in deep holes among the rocks".[2]

NounEdit

leet (plural leets)

  1. (Britain) The European pollock.
    • 1854, William Hughes, A Practical Treatise on the Choice and Cookery of Fish [1] (Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans), page 27:
      The whiting pollock sometimes, par excellence is styled pollock only. On the Yorkshire coast it is called a leet, and in Scotland a lythe.

Etymology 5Edit

From Middle English lete, from Old English ġelǣt, ġelǣte, from Proto-Germanic *galētą, *lētą. More at leat.

NounEdit

leet (plural leets)

  1. (obsolete) A place where roads meet or cross; intersection
  2. Alternative form of leat (watercourse)

Etymology 6Edit

An aphetic form of elite, respelled according to leetspeak conventions.

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

leet (plural leets)

  1. (Internet slang), (somewhat dated) Abbreviation of leetspeak.

AdjectiveEdit

leet (comparative leeter, superlative leetest)

  1. Of or relating to leetspeak.
  2. (slang) Possessing outstanding skill in a field; expert, masterful.
  3. (slang) Having superior social rank over others; upper class, elite.
  4. (slang) Awesome, typically to describe a feat of skill; cool, sweet.
    • 2006, Maximum PC (Autumn, page 26)
      Powered by leetness! You can have the leetest hardware imaginable in your gaming rig, but it won't matter if you run it with a cheap power supply.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Brown, Lesley. The New shorter Oxford English dictionary on historical principles. Clarendon Oxford 1993 isbn=0-19-861271-0
  2. ^ John Jamieson, Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language (link): Common name in Scotland and North Country England, that varies regionally and confuses several species. Scottish lythe, laid, laith. Pollack. "...called leets on the coast near Scarborough... the lyth, or ly-fish, is frequently caught ... in deep holes among the rocks". cf. "To LYTHE, v. a. To shelter..."
  • leet” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
  • "leet" in the Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, MICRA, 1996, 1998.

AnagramsEdit


FinnishEdit

NounEdit

leet

  1. nominative plural of lee

AnagramsEdit


LuxembourgishEdit

Middle DutchEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Dutch lēth, from Proto-Germanic *laiþaz.

AdjectiveEdit

lêet

  1. loathsome, abhorrent
InflectionEdit

This adjective needs an inflection-table template.

Alternative formsEdit
DescendantsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Dutch *lēth, from Proto-Germanic *laiþą.

NounEdit

lêet n

  1. damage, harm
  2. suffering, sadness
  3. sickness
InflectionEdit

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Alternative formsEdit
DescendantsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • leet (II)”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • leet (III)”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • leet (I)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929
  • leet (II)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929

NorwegianEdit

VerbEdit

leet

  1. inflection of lee:
    1. past
    2. past participle

Saterland FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Frisian let, from Proto-Germanic *lataz. More at late.

AdjectiveEdit

leet

  1. late

Related termsEdit


ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Compare Old English hlēte (share, lot).

NounEdit

leet (plural leets)

  1. a list