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few

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pronoun, plural in construction \ˈfyü\

Definition of few

  1. :  not many persons or things <few were present> <few of his stories are true>



Origin and Etymology of few

Middle English fewe, pron. & adjective, from Old English fēawa; akin to Old High German little, Latin paucus little, pauper poor, Greek paid-, pais child, Sanskrit putra son


First Known Use: before 12th century


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few

adjective

Simple Definition of few

  • : not many

  • : not many but some

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of few

  1. 1 :  consisting of or amounting to only a small number <one of our few pleasures>

  2. 2 :  at least some but indeterminately small in number —used with a <caught a few fish>

fewness

noun

few and far between

  1. :  few in number and infrequently met :  rare

Examples of few in a sentence

  1. He caught fewer fish than the rest of us.

  2. There are fewer children at the school this year.

  3. Not many people came, but the few people who did enjoyed themselves.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of few

before 12th century


3

few

noun, plural in construction

Definition of few

  1. 1 :  a small number of units or individuals <a few of them>

  2. 2 :  a special limited number <the discriminating few>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of few

before 12th century



FEW Defined for Kids

1

few

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pronoun \ˈfyü\

Definition of few for Students

  1. :  not many people or things <Few were prepared to perform.>




2

few

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adjective

Definition of few for Students

fewer

fewest

  1. :  not many but some <I caught a few fish.> <They had few complaints.>




3

few

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noun

Definition of few for Students

  1. :  a small number of people or things <A few of the students are new.>





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