adjective, a compar. of little with least as superl.
adverb, a compar. of little with least as superl.
Origin of lesser
Can be confusedlesser lessor
Definition for lesser (2 of 2)
adjective, lit·tler or less or less·er, lit·tlest or least.
adverb, less, least.
Origin of little
SYNONYMS FOR little
Related formslit·tlish [lit-l-ish, lit-lish] /ˈlɪt l ɪʃ, ˈlɪt lɪʃ/, adjectivelit·tle·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for lesser
The other songs go in to lesser percentages of “me” as you move along.
An ace comedic turn that, in lesser hands, would come off as one-note.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’|Marlow Stern|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Why is the killing of a million a lesser crime than the killing of an individual?
The three parades since 9/11 have all been for lesser heroes.It’s Time for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans to Get a Parade of Their Own|Michael Daly|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Coltrane, a man of almost unbelievable gentleness made human to us lesser mortals by his very occasional rages.
It came to a full stop when a pistol-shot arose above the lesser noises like a sky-rocket.Children of the Desert|Louis Dodge
All lesser interests had dwindled and grown poor; her life seemed flickering out like a taper in the breeze.Country Neighbors|Alice Brown
He was the central Sun from whom all lesser orbs borrowed their light.The History of Peru|Henry S. Beebe
A lesser will or a lower grade of personality cannot overwhelm a greater one.The Leader|William Fitzgerald Jenkins (AKA Murray Leinster)
The Tweed salmon fisheries are famous, and the lesser rivers of the Merse are held in high esteem by anglers.
British Dictionary definitions for lesser (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for lesser (2 of 2)
- a small quantity, extent, or duration ofthe little hope there is left; very little milk
- (as pronoun)save a little for me
- a lot
Word Origin for little
Idioms and Phrases with lesser
In addition to the idioms beginning with little
- little bird told one, a
- little by little
- little frog in a big pond
- little knowledge is a dangerous thing, a
- little pitchers have big ears
- a little
- every little bit helps
- in one's own (little) world
- make little of
- precious few (little)
- think little of
- to little purpose
- too little, too late