For example, if a guy tells another that "My hair is not much spikier than yours". Does it mean:

  1. Both their hairs are about the same spikiness
  2. The first guy's hair is little less spikier

I know the meaning of the sentence without adding the "much" but adding it kinda confuses me.


"My hair is not much spikier than yours" concedes that my hair is spikier than yours, but claims it isn't much spikier.
That amounts to "My hair is only a little bit spikier than yours."

Preceding the word "much", the negation "not" applies to it. It doesn't apply to "spikier".

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This sounds like a response to "Your hair is spiky"

A bit like "You're ugly" "Not much more ugly than you"

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