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fewer

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pronoun, plural in construction few·er \ˈfyü-ər, ˈfyu̇r\

Definition of fewer

  1. :  a smaller number of persons or things

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of fewer

before 12th century


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fewer

adjective few·er

Definition of fewer

  1. comparative of few

less vs. fewer

The traditional view is that less applies to matters of degree, value, or amount and modifies collective nouns, mass nouns, or nouns denoting an abstract whole while fewer applies to matters of number and modifies plural nouns. Less has been used to modify plural nouns since the days of King Alfred and the usage, though roundly decried, appears to be increasing. Less is more likely than fewer to modify plural nouns when distances, sums of money, and a few fixed phrases are involved less than 100 miles an investment of less than $2000 in 25 words or less and as likely as fewer to modify periods of time in less (or fewer) than four hours.


FEWER Defined for English Language Learners


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fewer

adjective few·er

Definition of fewer for English Language Learners

  • : not so many : a smaller number of


FEWER Defined for Kids

fewer

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pronoun few·er \ˈfyü-ər\

Definition of fewer for Students

  1. :  a smaller number Fewer got injured this year.



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