An example of almost is being on the brink of bankruptcy.
Origin of almostOld English eallmæst: see all and most
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.