smaller in amount or degree: "the less I see of you the better"
- "people have lost their heads for less"
- "a little child"
(of a voice) faint
- "a little voice"
contemptibly narrow in outlook
- "petty little comments"
- "a little mind consumed with trivia"
- "e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters"
- "little a"
(usually preceded by `no') lower in quality
- "no less than perfect"
(usually preceded by `no)' lower in esteem
- "no less a person than the king himself"
(nonstandard in some uses but often idiomatic with measure phrases; `we had less apples' is not acceptable) fewer
- "in 25 words or less"
- "no less than 50 people attended"
- "less than three weeks"
used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs
- "less quickly"
- "less expensive"
- "less interesting"
comparative of little
- "he works less these days"
- "she walks less than she should"