a small elite group
"it was designed for the discriminating few"
a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `a'; a small but indefinite number
"a few weeks ago"; "a few more wagons than usual"; "an invalid's pleasures are few and far between"; "few roses were still blooming"; "few women have led troops in battle"
Few people, few things.
Many are called, but few are chosen.
The pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain
Origin: From fewe, from feaw, from fawaz, from paw-. Cognate with fa, fo, fár, 03460330034503300339, paucus. More at poor.
not many; small, limited, or confined in number; -- indicating a small portion of units or individuals constituing a whole; often, by ellipsis of a noun, a few people
Origin: [OE. fewe, feawe, AS. fe, pl. fewe; akin to OS. fh, OHG. f fao, Icel. fr, Sw. f, pl., Dan. faa, pl., Goth. faus, L. paucus, cf. Gr. pay^ros. Cf. Paucity.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fū, adj. small in number: not many.—n. Few′ness.—A few, used colloquially for 'a good bit;' A good few, a considerable number; In few=in a few (words), briefly; Some few, an inconsiderable number; The few, the minority. [A.S. féa, pl. féawe; Fr. peu; L. paucus, small.]
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British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'few' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #177
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'few' in Written Corpus Frequency: #299
The numerical value of few in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of few in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The reason that there are so few good books written is that so few people who write know anything.
(Nicole) came into the house a few times, a few separate occasions, crying about how it was very upsetting to her.
Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel. Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.
Our models have become a bit more risk averse, with only a few exceptions, like natural gas, signal strengths are relatively modest – there are few major short or long signals.
None of us knows what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner, waiting a few months or a few years to change all the tenor of our lives.
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Translations for few
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- قليلاً, قليلArabic
- ма́ла, не́калькіBelarusian
- pocCatalan, Valencian
- málo, několik, trochu, jen párCzech
- λίγος, μερικοίGreek
- pocas, poco, pocosSpanish
- selkeä, jokunen, muutama, vähän, harvaFinnish
- peu, quelquesFrench
- beagán, beagIrish
- սակավ, քիչArmenian
- pochi, pocoItalian
- 少し, わずか, 少数Japanese
- کهم, کهمێKurdish
- paucus, pauciLatin
- малку, малкуминаMacedonian
- få, noenNorwegian
- niewiele, mało, parę, kilkaPolish
- لږPashto, Pushto
- poucos, poucasPortuguese
- puţini, puţine, puţinRomanian
- ма́ло, не́многий, малоRussian
- мало, maloSerbo-Croatian
- få, fåtalSwedish
- కొలది, కొద్దిTelugu
- ма́ло, кі́лькаUkrainian
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