What does Lesser mean?

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ˈlɛs ərless·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lesseradjective

    of less size or importance

    "the lesser anteater"; "the lesser of two evils"

  2. lesseradjective

    smaller in size or amount or value

    "the lesser powers of Europe"; "the lesser anteater"


  1. lessernoun

    a thing that is of smaller size, value, importance etc.

  2. lesseradjective

    of two things, the smaller in size, value, importance etc.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lesseradjective

    A barbarous corruption of less, formed by the vulgar from the habit of terminating comparatives in er; afterwards adopted by poets, and then by writers of prose.

    What great despite doth fortune to thee bear,
    Thus lowly to abase thy beauty bright,
    That it should not deface all other lesser light. Fa. Qu.

    It is the lesser blot, modesty finds,
    Women to change their shapes than men their minds. William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona.

    The mountains, and higher parts of the earth, grow lesser and lesser from age to age: sometimes the roots of them are weakened by subterraneous fires, and sometimes tumbled by earthquakes into those caverns that are under them. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Cain, after the murder of his brother, cries out, Every man that findeth me shall slay me. By the same reason may a man, in the state of nature, punish the lesser breaches of that law. John Locke.

    Any heat whatsoever promotes the ascent of mineral matter, but more especially of that which is subtile, and is consequently moveable more easily, and with a lesser power. John Woodward, Natural History.

    The larger here, and there the lesser lambs,
    The new-fall’n young herd bleating for their dams. Alexander Pope.

  2. Lesseradverb

    Etymology: formed by corruption from less.

    Some say he’s mad; others, that lesser hate him,
    Do call it valiant fury. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.


  1. Lesser

    Lesser, from Eliezer (Hebrew: אֱלִיעֶזֶר‎, Modern: Eli'ezer, Tiberian: ʼĔlîʻézer, "Help/Court of my God"), is a surname.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lesseradjective

    less; smaller; inferior

  2. Lesseradverb


  3. Etymology: [This word is formed by adding anew the compar. suffix -er (in which r is from an original s) to less. See Less, a.]


  1. Lesser

    J Lesser is the stage name for Jason Doerck. Doerck was a member of the defunct laptop group Sagan, alongside Blevin Blectum, Wobbly, and video artist Ryan Junell.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lesser

    les′ėr, adj. (B.) less: smaller: inferior. [A double comp. formed from less.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Lesser' in Adjectives Frequency: #662

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Lesser in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Lesser in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Lesser in a Sentence

  1. Timothy Head:

    Even a lot of people who identify as being pro-choice, it's almost a reluctant, ambivalent pro-choice. There are some that celebrate it, but there are a lot in that choice community see it as the lesser of two evils in their own decision-making path.

  2. Anthony Fauci:

    NIH-funded studies that are ongoing right now in both mouse and hamsters confirm the lesser virulence in the animal model. And, studies here at the Vaccine Research Center at NIH, in the nonhuman primate model, are ongoing and will await results of that.

  3. Todd Rosenbluth:

    Investors continued to favor lower-risk bond products focused on investment grade and to a lesser extent government securities than high-yield corporate bonds, to us, this is a preference for income stability in light (of) potentially higher credit default rates in the coming months.

  4. Terry Sheehan:

    Any further strengthening could make the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) more wary about the outlook, however, as long as overall measures of growth remain at least moderate, it should be a lesser concern among the risks the FOMC has to assess.

  5. Matthew Petersen:

    In this current environment, we're going to have to choose between lesser evils, even if you are someone who generally prefers people voting in polling places, these are not ordinary circumstances.

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    a fabric with a nap that is longer and softer than velvet
    • A. busy
    • B. hatched
    • C. plush
    • D. blistering

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