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Yes. The word lest is a Scrabble US word. The word lest is worth 4 points in Scrabble:

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4 letters words from 'lest'

ELTS 4LEST 4
LETS 4TELS 4

3 letters words from 'lest'

ELS 3ELT 3
EST 3LES 3
LET 3SEL 3
SET 3TEL 3
TES 3 

2 letters words from 'lest'

EL 2ES 2
ET 2ST 2
TE 2 

All 4 letters words made out of lest

lest elst lset slet eslt selt lets elts ltes tles etls tels lste slte ltse tlse stle tsle estl setl etsl tesl stel tsel

Note: these 'words' (valid or invalid) are all the permutations of the word lest. These words are obtained by scrambling the letters in lest.

Definitions and meaning of lest

lest

Etymology

c. 1200, contracted from Middle English les te (less that), from Old English þy læs þe (whereby less that), from þy (instrumental case of demonstrative article þæt “that”) + læs (less) + þe (the). The þy was dropped and the remaining two words contracted into leste.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /lɛst/
  • Rhymes: -ɛst
  • (obsolete) IPA(key): /liːst/

Conjunction

lest (formal, literary)

  1. For fear that; that not; in order to prevent something from happening; in case.
    Synonym: before (informal)
  2. (after certain expressions denoting fear or apprehension) that (without the negative particle; introduces the reason for an emotion.)

Usage notes

  • This word has become archaic for many English speakers.
  • lest is usually followed by a verb in the subjunctive mood in either the present or future tense.
For example: Lest they be captured, the soldiers fled from the battlefield.
Let him attend the ceremony which commemorates the achievements of his ancestors, lest he forget.
In the future tense, when it is differentiated from the present, it usually goes with should.
Let us get to the station early, lest we should miss our connection.

Translations

See also

  • judge not lest ye be judged
  • in case
  • lest we forget

References

Anagrams

  • ELTs, LETS, LTEs, TESL, elts, let's, lets, tels

Czech

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *lьstь, from Gothic 𐌻𐌹𐍃𐍄𐍃 (lists), from Proto-Germanic *listiz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈlɛst/

Noun

lest f

  1. trick, ruse
  2. stratagem

Declension

Derived terms

  • lstivý

Anagrams

  • slet

Further reading

  • lest in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • lest in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

Dutch

Pronunciation

Verb

lest

  1. second- and third-person singular present indicative of lessen
  2. (archaic) plural imperative of lessen

French

Etymology

Borrowed from Dutch last (load, burden).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /lɛst/

Noun

lest m (plural lests)

  1. dead weight; ballast

Derived terms

  • lester

Further reading

  • “lest” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • tels

German

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /leːst/

Verb

lest

  1. inflection of lesen:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

Hungarian

Etymology

les +‎ -t

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈlɛʃt]
  • Hyphenation: lest
  • Rhymes: -ɛʃt

Noun

lest

  1. accusative singular of les

Icelandic

Etymology

From Middle Low German last.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈlɛst/
  • Rhymes: -ɛst

Noun

lest f (genitive singular lestar, nominative plural lestir)

  1. train, file, row, line
  2. railway train
  3. cargo hold
  4. ton
  5. (obsolete) cargo, burden, load

Declension

Synonyms

  • (train, file): röð
  • (railway train): járnbrautarlest
  • (cargo hold): lestarrúm, vörurúm
  • (ton): tonn
  • (cargo, burden): byrði, farmur

Derived terms

  • bílalest (convoy of cars)
  • hraðlest (high speed train)
  • járnbrautarlest (railroad train)
  • neðanjarðarlest (underground train)
  • rúmlest (register ton)
  • skipalest (convoy of ships)
  • smálest (metric ton)
  • snarlest (rapid transit train)
  • ulfaldalest (convoy of camels)

Related terms

  • lesta (to load, to fill with cargo)

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology 1

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /leːst/

Verb

lest

  1. supine of lese

Etymology 2

From Old Norse leistr, from Proto-Germanic *laistaz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /lɛst/

Noun

lest m (definite singular lesten, indefinite plural lester, definite plural lestene)

  1. a last (a tool in the shape of a human foot, for shaping or preserving the shape of shoes)
  2. (clothing) the foot-part of a stocking
Alternative forms
  • (non-standard since 2005) leist

Etymology 3

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /lɛst/

Verb

lest (present tense lest, past tense lest)

  1. form removed with the spelling reform of 2005; superseded by less

References

  • “lest” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Anagrams

  • selt, slet, stel

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology 1

From Old Norse leistr m, from Proto-Germanic *laistaz m (track, trace; footprint), from Proto-Indo-European *lóystos, from the root *leys- (to trace, track). Akin to English last, Swedish läst, and German Leisten.

Alternative forms

  • leist

Noun

lest m (definite singular lesten, indefinite plural lestar, definite plural lestane)

  1. a last (a tool in the shape of a human foot, for shaping or preserving the shape of shoes)
  2. (clothing) the foot-part of a stocking
Derived terms
  • lesta, leste (verb)

Etymology 2

From Old Norse lest f, from either Old English hlæst, Old Frisian hlest, or Middle Low German last. In any case, from Proto-Germanic *hlastuz and Doublet of last m.

Noun

lest m (definite singular lesten, indefinite plural lester or lestar, definite plural lestene or lestane)

  1. (historical) An old measure of volume, about 12 to 24 barrels.
  2. (historical) An old measure of weight, about half up until a full dozen skippund.
  3. (historical, nautical) An old unit of measure on the freight capacity of a ship.
Derived terms
  • kommerselest m

Etymology 3

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb

lest

  1. past of låst

Etymology 4

From the verb leiste (to grow over).

Noun

lest m (definite singular lesten, indefinite plural lestar, definite plural lestane)

  1. straws and grasses that grow close to each other
  2. sprouting grasses and grains

References

Anagrams

  • selt, stel

Source: wiktionary.org
  • (Spenser) to listen.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)