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Words ending in -less[edit]

What about words ending in less:

Wireless ... a radio. Fireless engine ... a steam engine with no firebox, but loaded with steam to do its work. Batteryless radio ... a clockwork radio. 02:47, 11 October 2005 (UTC)

Synonym of fewer?[edit]

The definition very cleverly side-stepped the argument over the use of less to mean fewer. I hope that my clarification is sufficiently neutral in PoV. I have held both views. Can you determine which view I currently hold? Dbfirs 23:15, 12 January 2008 (UTC)

Strictly, less used in this sense is a determiner, but that's just a fussy grammarian's word for a special sort of adjective isn't it? Are the other adjectival senses of less also determiners? (I'm not proposing that we change the header!) Dbfirs 20:06, 19 January 2008 (UTC)

Less as determiner[edit]

I don't see English less listed as a determiner, which is how I would classify it, but then in the adjective section it says something like "less as a determiner..."


The etymology of LESS is unattestable beyond the Old English form; but various kinships including Cornish LÊ[5] and Ancient Greek ΈΛΑΣΣΩΝ (ELASSŌN)[6], point to a Proto-Indo-European root *L2Gh2S[4], partly due to the lemma ἘΛΑΧΥΣ (ELAKHUS) (small, light) and Sanskrit LAGHUS (light in weight). Andrew H. Gray 11:23, 8 October 2016 (UTC) Andrew (talk)

[0] means 'Absolutely not; [1] means 'Exceedingly unlikely'; [2] means 'Very dubious'; [3] means 'Questionable'; [4] means 'Possible'; [5] means 'Probable'; [6] means 'Likely'; [7] means 'Most Likely' or *Unattested; [8] means 'Attested'; [9] means 'Obvious' - only used for close matches within the same language or dialect, at linkable periods.