I. pronoun, plural in construction Date: before 12th century a smaller number of persons or things II. adjective comparative of few Usage: see less

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fewer — fewer, less As a general guide, fewer is used with plural nouns (fewer books, fewer people) and indicates number, whereas less is used with singular nouns and indicates amount (less money / less happiness). However, there is an extensive no man s …   Modern English usage

  • fewer — *less, lesser, smaller …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • fewer — adjective (comparative of few used with count nouns) quantifier meaning a smaller number of (Freq. 11) fewer birds came this year the birds are fewer this year fewer trains were late • Ant: ↑more • Similar to: ↑l …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fewer — Few Few (f[=u]), a. [Compar. {Fewer} (f[=u] [ e]r); superl. {Fewest}.] [OE. fewe, feawe, AS. fe[ a], pl. fe[ a]we; akin to OS. f[=a]h, OHG. f[=o] fao, Icel. f[=a]r, Sw. f[*a], pl., Dan. faa, pl., Goth. faus, L. paucus, cf. Gr. pay^ros. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fewer — /fyooh euhr/, adj. 1. of a smaller number: fewer words and more action. pron. 2. (used with a pl. v.) a smaller number: Fewer have come than we hoped. [ME fewere, OE *feawran. See FEW, ER4] Usage. See less. * * * …   Universalium

  • fewer — few•er [[t]ˈfyu ər[/t]] adj. 1) of a smaller number: fewer words and more action[/ex] 2) fun (used with a pl. v.) a smaller number: Fewer have come than we hoped[/ex] • Etymology: ME fewere, OE usage: See less …   From formal English to slang

  • fewer — See fewer, less …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • Fewer — …   Wikipedia

  • fewer — adj. less, of a smaller amount pron. less, smaller amount fjuː n. not many, some, several; small number of adj. little, not many, some pron. some, several …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fewer — /ˈfjuə/ (say fyoohuh) adjective (comparative of few) a smaller number of. Usage: See usage note at less …   Australian English dictionary

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