MORE in sign language

ASL writing for MORE
Printable ASLwrite for MORE.

In this entry, learn how to sign "more" in sign language (ASL) and its associations, such as "one more", "more and more", etc. And watch a time-lapse video of how an ASL-speaking kid utters "more" from the earliest emergence to sentence usage in ASL.

ASL signs for MORE

How do you say one of the most common signs or words -- "more" in ASL?

Meaning: Comparative of many, much; a greater or additional amount or degree.

Pronunciation (sign description): Both "flat-0" hands (handshape) with the palms facing each other (orientation) slightly apart in space (location) taps twice on the fingers of both hands (movement).

One more

Hey, one more (pun intended). One more thing. How do you say "one more" in ASL? See a few variations of the sign ONE MORE.

More and more

The sign is literally transcribed as "more and more" but when it's translated into English when it's used in a sentence. It can mean "growing", "increasing", or such. It's usually referred to a recent time of some events or situations observed.

Meaning: 'at a continually increasing rate. [Video by Antonia M. Polke, 2018.]

more than

Meaning: ABOVE.

Related signs for "more"

ONE MORE thing if you want to know OTHER or ADDITIONAL words like EXTRA or maybe FURTHER.

Baby-Toddler-Preschooler Signing MORE

Not only 'more" is one of the most common words or signs in English and ASL alike (and also true for many other languages), but it's also one of the earliest and the most common signs or words among babies and toddlers, asking their mom or dad for more grape, milk, play, sleep (maybe!), or something.

The time-lapse video of how the baby acquired the word "more" in the early language acquisition (ASL) through all stages from communicative gesture to babbling to one-word stage to two-word stage.

In this time-lapse video, the baby started with a communciative gesture. Then, it gives a glimpse of the babbling form for "more" before the baby can form the signed word "more" during the one-word stage of language development. Then, there is a sentence in the two-word stage.

At age 1;3 in the video, the mother purposefully waited after the baby requested for "more grapes". She just sat there, nodding and smiling, "Yup, more grapes". Then, the baby suggested, "help." :)

To give you an understanding of the contexts, gestural pointing (not linguistic pointing or pronoun which is a different process in the brain) generally emerges at about 7 months or later. Babbling both in manual-speaking and vocal-speaking usually emerges at 6-7 months.

Note that there is no such as "more" in baby sign language because 1) it's an ASL word; 2) 'baby sign language' itself is cultural appropriation; 3) baby sign language is as fallacious as "baby speech language".

Related words: The ASL sign "more" comes with the magical word PLEASE for toddlers and maybe true for teenagers (ha) who beg you for something like a candy, a chocolate, and toys. And, borrowing your car.

First 100 words.

  1. again
  2. also
  3. ask
  4. bad
  5. boy
  6. but
  7. can
  8. come
  9. deaf
  10. different
  11. drink
  12. drive
  13. eat
  14. email
  15. excuse
  16. family
  17. feel
  18. few
  19. find
  20. fine
  21. fingerspell
  22. finish
  23. food
  24. for
  25. forget
  26. friend
  27. get
  28. girl
  29. give
  30. go
  31. good
  32. have, has, had
  33. he
  34. hearing
  35. hello
  36. help
  37. home
  38. how
  39. Internet
  40. know
  41. later
  42. like (feeling)
  43. little
  44. live
  45. man
  46. many
  47. me
  48. meet
  49. more
  50. my
  51. name
  52. need
  53. new
  54. no
  55. not
  56. now
  57. ok, okay
  58. old
  59. other
  60. please
  61. remember
  62. same
  63. say
  64. school
  65. see
  66. she
  67. should
  68. sign, signed word
  69. slow
  70. some
  71. sorry
  72. store
  73. take
  74. tell
  75. text, sms
  76. thank, thank you
  77. their
  78. they
  79. think
  80. time
  81. tired
  82. try
  83. understand
  84. use
  85. wait
  86. want
  87. what
  88. when
  89. where
  90. which
  91. who
  92. why
  93. will
  94. with
  95. woman
  96. work
  97. write
  98. yes
  99. you
  100. your

As you feel more comfortable with the first few hundreds of ASL signs, progress further with your vocabulary and learn signing more.