O o


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ohn-lee-ist]
    • /ˈoʊn li ɪst/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ohn-lee-ist]
    • /ˈoʊn li ɪst/

Definitions of onliest word

  • adjective onliest being the single one or the relatively few of the kind: This is the only pencil I can find. 1
  • adjective onliest having no sibling or no sibling of the same sex: an only child; an only son. 1
  • adjective onliest single in superiority or distinction; unique; the best: the one and only Muhammad Ali. 1
  • adverb onliest without others or anything further; alone; solely; exclusively: This information is for your eyes only. 1
  • adverb onliest no more than; merely; just: If it were only true! I cook only on weekends. 1
  • adverb onliest as recently as: I read that article only yesterday. 1

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Origin of onliest

First appearance:

before 1575
One of the 34% oldest English words
First recorded in 1575-85; only + -est1

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Parts of speech for Onliest


onliest popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for onliest

adjective onliest

  • unassisted — to give support or aid to; help: Please assist him in moving the furniture.
  • sharable — the full or proper portion or part allotted or belonging to or contributed or owed by an individual or group.
  • only — without others or anything further; alone; solely; exclusively: This information is for your eyes only.
  • on one's own — of, relating to, or belonging to oneself or itself (usually used after a possessive to emphasize the idea of ownership, interest, or relation conveyed by the possessive): He spent only his own money.
  • widowed — a woman who has lost her spouse by death and has not remarried.

adverb onliest

  • exclusively — To the exclusion of others ; only; solely.
  • solely — as the only one or ones: solely responsible.
  • solitarily — alone; without companions; unattended: a solitary passer-by.

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