Variant of less
- not so much; smaller in size or amount: to drink less milk, take less time
- fewer: in less than 25 words
Origin: ME les < OE læs, adv. læssa, adj. (used as compar. of lytel, little), akin to OFris les < IE *leis- < base *lei-, to diminish, meager, > little
- to a smaller extent: less likely to succeed
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