Origin of almostOld English eallmæst: see all and most
Almost is defined as there is only a little way to go to reach a certain point.
An example of almost is being on the brink of bankruptcy.
Slightly short of; not quite; nearly: almost time to go; was almost asleep; had almost finished. See Usage Note at none.
Origin of almostMiddle English from Old English ealmǣst eall all ; see all . mǣst most ; see most .
- Very close to, but not quite.
- Almost all people went there. - Not all but very close to it.
- We almost missed the train. - Not missed but very close to it.
- (informal) Something or someone that doesn't quite make it.
- In all the submissions, they found four papers that were clearly worth publishing and another dozen almosts.
From Middle English, from Old English eallmǣst (“nearly all, almost, for the most part”), equivalent to all-- + most.
- She was almost thirteen.
- At ten years old, Jonathan was almost as tall as she was.
- We've got a meeting at two and it's almost one-thirty now.
- This happened to him almost every night.
- The white sand was almost as blinding as snow.