the less said, the better

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the less said, the better

used to say it is better to not say anything about something because it is bad, unpleasant, etc.
  • Regarding his recent behavior, perhaps the less said, the better.

Word by Word Definitions

less play
  1. : comparative of little:1

  2. : constituting a more limited number or amount

  3. : of lower rank, degree, or importance

  1. : comparative of little:2

  2. : to a lesser extent or degree

  1. : a smaller portion or quantity

  2. : something of less importance

  1. : diminished by : minus

  1. : destitute of : not having

  2. : unable to be acted on or to act (in a specified way)

said play
  1. : past tense and past participle of say

  1. : aforementioned

better play
  1. : comparative of good

  2. : greater than half

  3. : improved in health or mental attitude

  1. : to make better (see 1better): such as

  2. : to make more tolerable or acceptable

  3. : to make more complete or perfect

  1. : comparative of well

  2. : in a more excellent manner

  3. : to greater advantage : preferably

  1. : something better (see 1better)

  2. : a superior especially in merit or rank

  3. : advantage, victory

  1. : had better (see 3better 1b)


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