What does FEW mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fewadjective

    a small elite group

    "it was designed for the discriminating few"

  2. fewadjective

    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. fewpronoun

    Few people, few things.

    Many are called, but few are chosen.

  2. Fewnoun

    The pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FEWadjective

    Etymology: feo, feowa, Saxon; fua, Danish.

    We are left but few of many. Jer.

    So much the thirst of honour fires the blood;
    So many would be great, so few be good;
    For who would virtue for herself regard,
    Or wed without the portion of reward? John Dryden, Juvenal.

    On Winter seas we fewer storms behold,
    Than foul diseases that infect the fold. John Dryden, Virg. Geor.

    Men have fewer or more simple ideas from without, according as the objects they converse with afford greater or less variety. John Locke.

    The fewer still you name, you wound the more;
    Bond is but one, but Harpax is a score. Alexander Pope, Hor. Imitat.

    Party is the madness of many, for the gain of a few. Jonathan Swift.

    The imagination of a poet is a thing so nice and delicate, that it is no easy matter to find out images capable of giving pleasure to one of the few, who, in any age, have come up to that character. George Berkeley, to Pope.

    To answer both allegations at once, the very substance of that they contain is in few but this. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 22.

    So having said, he thus to Eve in few:
    Say, woman, what is this which thou hast done? John Milton.

    Thus Jupiter in few unfolds the charge. John Dryden, Æn.

    The firm resolve I here in few disclose. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

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. Etymology: [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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FEW

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Few is ranked #13306 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Few surname appeared 2,292 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Few.

    63.2% or 1,450 total occurrences were White.
    31.6% or 726 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 61 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.5% or 35 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.5% or 13 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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

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  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

Examples of FEW in a Sentence

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo:

    I ’m a unique player so it’s good coming here, i beat all records there so I want to beat a few records here as well.

  2. Richard Beary:

    We’re telling our people from the time you put that uniform on to the time you walk in your house your head needs to be on a swivel and there is no downtime anymore, no getting lunch and relaxing for a few minutes, what worries me as a law-enforcement executive is that extended period of hyper vigilance on our employees, that’s going to take a toll emotionally.

  3. Angelique Kerber:

    After Stuttgart it was a really tough time because I had a lot of pain in my leg, and now I can say I was without pain the whole match and I could play my game like I practiced the past few days.

  4. Ryan Thibodaux:

    One of the few candidates where I literally have no idea what's going to happen, it would not surprise me if he got 50% and it wouldn't surprise me if he got 85%.

  5. Ahmed Korayem:

    We cannot simply allow the treacherous few determine the fates of themany. At such times, the virtuous should be held to equalaccountability of the vile for their inactions

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    be contingent upon (something that is elided)
    • A. fudge
    • B. embark
    • C. depend
    • D. blur

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