Origin of leetMiddle English and Anglo-French lete, akin uncertain or unknown; perhaps to Old English læth, land division, especially in southeast England
Origin of leetFrom l33t alteration and leet respelling (using 3 for E ) of elite ( in reference to the use of such spellings by those with elite, or privileged, access status on early computer bulletin boards )
- (Scotland) A portion or list, especially a list of candidates for an office.
- (obsolete) Simple past tense of let.
Compare Old English hlÄ“te, *hlÄ«ete (“share, lot"), cognate with Old Norse hleyti (“share, portion").
Originated 1400-50 from late Middle English lete (“meeting"), from Anglo-Norman lete and Medieval Latin leta, possibly from Old English gelÇ£te (“crossroads").
- (Internet slang) Abbreviation of leetspeak.
(comparative more leet, superlative most leet)