- less [les]adj.[ME les < OE læs, adv. læssa, adj. (used as compar. of lytel, LITTLE), akin to OFris les < IE * leis- < base * lei-, to diminish, meager, > LITTLE]1. alt. compar. of LITTLE2. not so much; smaller in size or amount [to drink less milk, take less time]3. fewer [in less than 25 words]adv.1. compar. of LITTLE2. to a smaller extent [less likely to succeed]n.a smaller amountprep.with the deduction of; minus [about $5,000, less taxes; thirty less ten is twenty]——————less and lessto a decreasing degree; decreasingly——————much less or still lessto an even smaller degree or extent [she won't even talk to him, much less work with him]——————no less a person thana person of no lower importance, rank, etc. thanUSAGE- although the use of less instead of fewer with plural nouns is very old, it is objected to by some, esp. immediately preceding a plural noun [less coins in his pocket ]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.