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Definition of few

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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



Definition of few (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : consisting of or amounting to only a small number one of our few pleasures
2 : at least some but indeterminately small in number used with a caught a few fish
few and far between
: few in number and infrequently met : rare

Definition of few (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a small number of units or individuals a few of them
2 : a special limited number the discriminating few

Other Words from few


fewness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for few

Synonyms: Noun, plural in construction

Antonyms: Noun, plural in construction

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Examples of few in a Sentence

Adjective He caught fewer fish than the rest of us. There are fewer children at the school this year. Not many people came, but the few people who did enjoyed themselves.
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First Known Use of few

Pronoun, plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun, plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for few

Pronoun, plural in construction and Adjective

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

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“Few.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/few. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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Kids Definition of few

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


fewer; fewest

Kids Definition of few (Entry 2 of 3)

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



Kids Definition of few (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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