What does few mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. few(adj)

    a small elite group

    "it was designed for the discriminating few"

  2. few(adj)

    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"


  1. few(Pronoun)

    Few people, few things.

    Many are called, but few are chosen.

  2. Few(ProperNoun)

    The pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain

  3. Origin: From fewe, from feaw, from fawaz, from paw-. Cognate with fa, fo, fár, 03460330034503300339, paucus. More at poor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Few

    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

  2. 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

  1. Few

    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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'few' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #177

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'few' in Written Corpus Frequency: #299


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of few in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of few in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Walter Bagehot:

    The reason that there are so few good books written is that so few people who write know anything.

  2. Evan Weron:

    (Nicole) came into the house a few times, a few separate occasions, crying about how it was very upsetting to her.

  3. Niccolo Machiavelli:

    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.

  4. Barry Goodman:

    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.

  5. Kathleen Norris:

    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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