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Definitions and Synonyms of fewer | Another word for fewer | What is fewer?

Definition 1: (comparative of `few' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning a smaller number of - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where fewer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fewer birds came this year
  • the birds are fewer this year
  • fewer trains were late

(fewer is similar to ...) (nonstandard in some uses but often idiomatic with measure phrases) fewer

"less than three weeks" "no less than 50 people attended" "in 25 words or less"

(means also ...) a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `a'; a small but indefinite number

"a few weeks ago" "a few more wagons than usual" "an invalid's pleasures are few and far between" "few roses were still blooming" "few women have led troops in battle"

(means also ...) (comparative of `little' usually used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning not as great in amount or degree

"of less importance" "less time to spend with the family" "a shower uses less water" "less than three years old"

(fewer is used in the usage domain ...) the comparative form of an adjective or adverb

"`faster' is the comparative of the adjective `fast'" "`less famous' is the comparative degree of the adjective `famous'" "`more surely' is the comparative of the adverb `surely'"

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