[ mawr, mohr ]
/ mɔr, moʊr /

adjective, compar. of much or many with most as superl.

in greater quantity, amount, measure, degree, or number: I need more money.
additional or further: Do you need more time? More discussion seems pointless.


adverb compar. of much with most as superl.


    more and more, to an increasing extent or degree; gradually more: They became involved more and more in stock speculation.
    more or less,
    1. to some extent; somewhat: She seemed more or less familiar with the subject.
    2. about; in substance; approximately: We came to more or less the same conclusion.

Origin of more

before 900; Middle English; Old English māra; cognate with Old High German mēro, Old Norse meiri, Gothic maiza. See most

Related forms

more·ness, noun

Can be confused

moor more Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for more or less (1 of 2)


/ (mɔː) /


Hannah. 1745–1833, English writer, noted for her religious tracts, esp The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain
Sir Thomas . 1478–1535, English statesman, humanist, and Roman Catholic Saint; Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII (1529–32). His opposition to the annulment of Henry's marriage to Catherine of Aragon and his refusal to recognize the Act of Supremacy resulted in his execution on a charge of treason. In Utopia (1516) he set forth his concept of the ideal state. Feast day: June 22 or July 6

British Dictionary definitions for more or less (2 of 2)


/ (mɔː) /



Word Origin for more

Old English māra; compare Old Saxon, Old High German mēro, Gothic maiza. See also most


See most
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Idioms and Phrases with more or less (1 of 2)

more or less


Approximately, as in The truck will hold nine yards of dirt, more or less. This usage was first recorded in 1589.


Basically, essentially, as in We more or less agree on the substance of the letter. This usage was first recorded about 1225.

Idioms and Phrases with more or less (2 of 2)


In addition to the idioms beginning with more

  • more and more
  • more bang for the buck
  • more dead than alive
  • more fun than a barrel of monkeys
  • more in sorrow than in anger
  • more often than not
  • more or less
  • more power to someone
  • more sinned against than sinning
  • more than meets the eye
  • more than one bargained for
  • more than one can shake a stick at
  • more than one way to skin a cat
  • more the merrier, the

also see:

  • bite off more than one can chew
  • irons in the fire, more than one
  • wear another (more than one) hat
  • what is more
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