[ adjective ] (comparative of `few' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning a smaller number of


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

Used in print

(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)

The fewer nos she has_to utter the more effective they will be .

(Edward E. Kelly, S.J., "Christian Unity in England"...)

While it must be said that these same Protestants have built some new churches during this period , and that religious population_shifts have emptied churches , a principal reason for this phenomenon of redundancy is that fewer Protestants are going_to church .

(High Fidelity, 11:10...)

Recently I was struck anew by the divergent approaches , when in the course of one afternoon and evening I listened to no fewer than ten different performances .

(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)

Certainly there would be less anxiety , fewer accidents ( it is the clumsy child who sustains the worst injuries ) , and higher scholastic averages , since alert children work better .

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