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.


  1. few

    Few refers to a small number of something or not many. It is often used to represent a quantity that is less than 'some' or 'many' but more than 'zero' or 'a couple'.

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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  1. FEW

    What does FEW stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the FEW acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

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. Francis Bacon:

    Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.

  2. Don Keeney:

    [El Niño]'s definitely upon us and it should remain so for the next few months.

  3. Aly Chapman:

    The LGBTQ education organization's a chance for people to be their truly authentic selves, even if The LGBTQ education organization's just for a few hours.

  4. Ben Lieberman:

    If advanced appliances make sense for consumers, they would sell themselves without mandates, i think that's a good rule of thumb with very, very few exceptions. Consumers are smart shoppers. These mandates force one-size-fits-all solutions on everybody. No two homes are exactly alike, no two homeowners are exactly alike.

  5. Anthony Fauci:

    If you allow the immune response to mature over a period of a few months, you get much more of a bang out of the shot, as it were -- an enhancement of your antibodies.

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