UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈlɛsər/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈlɛsɚ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(lesər)

From little (advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."):
adv comparative (When talking about amount)
adv comparative (To modify an adjective—e.g. "That is a little-known work of art, but this is an even lesser-known one.")
adv superlative
From little (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
adj comparative (For size or age—e.g."That tree is little, but the tree next to it is even littler.")
adj superlative (For size or age—e.g. "Theo is the littlest of my three little brothers.")
adj comparative (For amount—e.g. "I have little money. Certainly less money than him.")
adj comparative (For degree or intensity—e.g. "She has little love for him. Certainly, her love for him is lesser than her love for her mother.")
adj superlative (For amount—e.g. "I have little money, but Jim is the one who has least money out of all of us.")
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. a lesser [number, amount, degree, level] (of)
  2. a lesser [extent, meaning, importance, significance]
  3. to a lesser [extent, degree]
  4. lesser [mortals, defenders, people, persons]
  5. a lesser-known [author, player, entity, producer]
  6. [arrested, found guilty, tried] on a lesser charge
  7. (chose) the lesser of two evils
  8. am a lesser man than [him, you]
  9. an [amount] lesser than [ten]
  1. [is, choose] the lesser of two evils
  2. the lesser of [800] dollars or [a month's rent, two weeks' pay]
WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. (the) little [girls, children]
  2. my little [brother, sister, boy, girl]
  3. poor little thing
  4. the little things matter
  5. (worry about) every little [thing, detail]
  6. what a [pretty, cute] little
  7. are too little [for, to]
  8. when I was little, I always [said, did, tried]
  9. is little in [terms of, relation to]
  10. for as little as [$4]
  11. have little interest in
  12. have little time [to, for]
  13. [there is, I have] little doubt that
  1. [eats, sleeps] very little
  2. little did she [know, realize, suspect] (that)
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