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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Smaller in amount, value, or importance, especially in a comparison between two things.
  • adjective Of a smaller size than other, similar forms.
  • adverb Less. Used before a participle.
  • noun One that is lower in importance, rank, magnitude, or degree.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Less; smaller; minor.
  • In a smaller degree; less.
  • To less purpose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb obsolete Less.
  • adjective Less; smaller; inferior.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective comparative form of little: more little
  • adjective of two things, the smaller in size, value, importance etc.
  • noun a thing that is of smaller size, value, importance etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of less size or importance
  • adjective smaller in size or amount or value

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from lesse, less; see less.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

less +‎ -er

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