Fewer vs Most - What's the difference?

fewer | most |

As a determiner fewer

is the comparative of few ; a smaller number.

As a noun most is

bridge (construction or natural feature that spans a divide).




(en-det) (superlative fewest)
  • The comparative of few ; a smaller number.
  • Fewer women wear hats these days.
    There are fewer tigers than there were a hundred years ago.

    Usage notes

    See also

    * less




    (en determiner)
  • Superlative form of much.
  • Most people like chocolate.
    Most simply choose to ignore it.
    Most want the best for their children.


    * almost all


  • Superlative form of many.
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  • *:At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors.In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=20 citation , passage=The story struck the depressingly familiar note with which true stories ring in the tried ears of experienced policemen.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-16, author= John Vidal
  • , volume=189, issue=10, page=8, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Dams endanger ecology of Himalayas , passage=Most of the Himalayan rivers have been relatively untouched by dams near their sources. Now the two great Asian powers, India and China, are rushing to harness them as they cut through some of the world's deepest valleys.}}
  • Superlative form of much.
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  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Boundary problems , passage=Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most -used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too. GDP measures the total value of output in an economic territory. Its apparent simplicity explains why it is scrutinised down to tenths of a percentage point every month.}}
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  • *, chapter=7
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=With some of it on the south and more of it on the north of the great main thoroughfare that connects Aldgate and the East India Docks, St.?Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the' poorest and ' most miserable parish in the East End of London.}}
  • *{{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers), title=(A Cuckoo in the Nest)
  • , chapter=1 citation , passage=“[…] the awfully hearty sort of Christmas cards that people do send to other people that they don't know at all well. You know. The kind that have mottoes
  • To a great extent or degree; highly; very.
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  • *1895 , , (The Time Machine) Chapter X
  • *:Now, I still think that for this box of matches to have escaped the wear of time for immemorial years was a strange, and for me, a most fortunate thing.
  • Antonyms

    * fewest * least

    Derived terms

    * -most * make the most of * mostly * foremost


  • (uncountable) The greatest amount.
  • The most I can offer for the house is $150,000.
  • (countable) A record-setting amount.
  • Usage notes

    * In the sense of (record), used when the positive denotation of (best) does not apply.