Dictionary.com

lesser

[ les-er ]
/ ˈlɛs ər /
Save This Word!

adjective, a comparative of little, with least as superlative.

smaller, as in size or importance; inferior: a lesser evil.

adverb, a comparative of little, with least as superlative.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON THE MANY TYPES OF NOUNS

They're everywhere you turn, but can you identify the 10 types of nouns easily? This quiz will test your mettle against singular, plural, concrete, abstract, common, proper, collective, compound, countable, and uncountable nouns!
Question 1 of 7
Shoelaces, rainbow, toothpaste, and haircuts are all what type of noun?

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of lesser

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English lasser, lesser; see less, -er4

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lesser

lesser , lessor
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for lesser

British Dictionary definitions for lesser

lesser
/ (ˈlɛsə) /

adjective

not as great in quantity, size, or worth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK