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fewer

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

Definition of fewer

:a smaller number of persons or things

First Known Use of fewer

before 12th century


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fewer

adjective

Definition of fewer

  • 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

fewer

adjective

Definition of fewer for English Language Learners

  • : not so many : a smaller number of


FEWER Defined for Kids

fewer

pronoun few·er \ ˈfyü-ər \

Definition of fewer for Students

:a smaller number
  • Fewer got injured this year.


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