Words ending in -less
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.
188.8.131.52 02:47, 11 October 2005 (UTC)
Synonym of fewer?
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
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 and Ancient Greek ΈΛΑΣΣΩΝ (ELASSŌN), point to a Proto-Indo-European root *L2Gh2S, 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)
 means 'Absolutely not;  means 'Exceedingly unlikely';  means 'Very dubious';  means 'Questionable';  means 'Possible';  means 'Probable';  means 'Likely';  means 'Most Likely' or *Unattested;  means 'Attested';  means 'Obvious' - only used for close matches within the same language or dialect, at linkable periods.