pronoun, plural in construction \ˈfyü\

Definition of FEW

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

Origin 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



: not many

: not many but some

Full Definition of FEW

:  consisting of or amounting to only a small number <one of our few pleasures>
:  at least some but indeterminately small in number —used with a <caught a few fish>
few·ness noun
few and far between
:  few in number and infrequently met :  rare

Examples of FEW

  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.

First Known Use of FEW

before 12th century


noun, plural in construction

Definition of FEW

:  a small number of units or individuals <a few of them>
:  a special limited number <the discriminating few>

First Known Use of FEW

before 12th century


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