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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fewer mean? 

FEWER (adjective)
  The adjective FEWER has 1 sense:

1. (comparative of 'few' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning a smaller number of

  Familiarity information: FEWER used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

FEWER (adjective)

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(comparative of 'few' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning a smaller number of

Context examples:

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


less ((nonstandard in some uses but often idiomatic with measure phrases) fewer)


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

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

Domain usage:

comparative (the comparative form of an adjective)


more ((comparative of 'many' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning greater in number)

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