adverb, a comparative of little, with least as superlative.
adjective, a comparative of little, with least as superlative.
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Idioms for less
Origin of less
synonym study for less
words often confused with less
Modern standard English practice does not reflect this distinction. When followed by than, less occurs at least as often as fewer in modifying plural nouns that are not units or groups, and the use of less in this construction is increasing in all varieties of English: less than eight million people; no less than 31 of the 50 states. When not followed by than, fewer is more frequent only in formal written English, and in this construction also the use of less is increasing: This year we have had less crimes, less accidents, and less fires than in any of the last five years.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lessfewer, less (see confusables note at the current entry)
Definition for less (2 of 2)
Origin of -less
Example sentences from the Web for less
Submission is less a novel of ideas than a political book, and of the most subversive kind.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Back in New York, the slow pace and inward focus of her yoga practice was less fulfilling.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
For many years afterward it was a never-ending topic of conversation, and is more or less talked of even to this day.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
No one wants to align with less freedom at a time like this.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The pulps brought new readers to serious fiction, making it less intimidating with alluring art and low prices.
In less than ten minutes, the bivouac was broken up, and our little army on the march.
He was too drowsy to hold the thought more than a moment in his mind, much less to reflect upon it.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
He did believe you, more or less, and what you said fell in with his own impressions—strange impressions that they were, poor man!Confidence|Henry James
One would not have wanted her white neck a mite less full or her beautiful arms more slender.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
With childlike confidence he follows the advice of some more or less honest dealer.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
British Dictionary definitions for less (1 of 2)
- the comparative of little (def. 1) less sugar; less spirit than before
- (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural)she has less than she needs; the less you eat, the less you want
Word Origin for less
usage for less
British Dictionary definitions for less (2 of 2)
suffix forming adjectives
Word Origin for -less
Idioms and Phrases with less
In addition to the idiom beginning with less
- less than
- couldn't care less
- in (less than) no time
- more or less
- much less