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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 acaught 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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As the song played, a prompt appeared for viewers to fill the chat with comments, and a select few were chosen to light up the dark sky against a city skyline. Ellise Shafer, chicagotribune.com, "Review: The Weeknd debuts new song, performs with Doja Cat during 3D TikTok event," 8 Aug. 2020 Although most of the young people have been asymptomatic, a few have had fevers and loss of smell and were subsequently moved into a medical housing unit, Sicilia said. Joaquin Palomino, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus is spiking in California’s youth prisons. So why isn’t the state letting young prisoners out?," 8 Aug. 2020 Photographer Brian Peterson may be connecting with you and photographing a select few to highlight in the story. Star Tribune, "Share your dock," 7 Aug. 2020 Bergstrom has driven her sons to deliver signs across Northwest D.C. and even mailed a few to family and friends in four other states. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "As Fauci battles the pandemic and politics, his grateful neighbors celebrate him as a hero," 7 Aug. 2020 Of the restaurants participating, there are quite a few who appeared on Alison Cook's Top 100 Restaurants, including Tony's ranking at No. 5, Coltivare ranking at No. 14, and Brennan's of Houston ranking at No. 37. Shelby Stewart, Houston Chronicle, "Restaurants will offer to-go options during Houston Restaurant Week," 6 Aug. 2020 Numerous people commented on the News-Register story, most in praise of the teen’s efforts to raise money for school clothes, and someday, a car, although a few criticized him for not wearing gloves in the photos of him preparing corn. oregonlive, "He wanted to sell Mexican street food to buy school clothes, but the county shut him down," 5 Aug. 2020 Many Republicans have joined the Never Trump camp, but few have previously been more important to the Party than Stuart Stevens. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Why Stuart Stevens Wants to Defeat Donald Trump," 3 Aug. 2020 Electronics manufacturer Panasonic, auto manufacturer Bridgestone Tyres, telecommunications giant Nokia, sports drink Gatorade to name but a few. Aleks Klosok, CNN, "How family, fight and fortune fashioned India's very own sporting 'Wonder Woman'," 3 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in construction The combo pairs late-season heli-skiing with fishing for king salmon, an impressive Alaska double few can claim to have pulled off. Mike Campbell, Anchorage Daily News, "Got 1, 2 or 3 days to explore? Here are some fun itineraries," 28 May 2020 Only a small portion of COVID-19 patients get sick enough to require ventilation—but for the unlucky few who do, data out of China and New York City suggest upward of 80% do not recover. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Why Ventilators May Not Be Working as Well for COVID-19 Patients As Doctors Hoped," 16 Apr. 2020 According to the Pew Research Center, more than 70 percent of Polish citizens held a favorable few of the E.U. last year, compared to 48 percent in the United Kingdom. Washington Post, "Days after Brexit becomes almost certain, Poland’s Supreme Court says that country could be at risk of leaving the E.U., too," 18 Dec. 2019 Until Kansas City’s famed stockyards closed down in 1991, the city was pretty much wall-to-wall cows and pigs, few of whom were housebroken. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "49ers fan guide to Kansas City: ‘The Soccer Capital of America’," 22 Jan. 2020 In 2015, when the party came to power, migrants — few of whom were actually trying to enter Poland — were made targets. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Poland Election: Law and Justice Party Holds on to Power, Early Returns Show," 13 Oct. 2019 But while most interior design professionals are familiar with the concept of biophilic design, many only recognize a limited few of the countless ways it can be implemented. Michelle Beganskas, Quartz, "The productivity science behind biophilia is about much more than plants," 3 Dec. 2019 This information did not leak until 2009 and there were few who allowed it to tarnish memories of the Sox’ magical championships of 2004 and 2007. BostonGlobe.com, "■ Are sports fans bothered when their teams are caught cheating?," 16 Nov. 2019 There were few of the latter, sung by Moctar, second guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane and, occasionally, bassist-producer Michael Coltun. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "Mdou Moctar lets his fingers do the talking during Black Cat show," 8 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of few was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Few.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/few. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of few

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not many people or things
: some people or things
: a small number of people or things that are chosen or regarded as special or unusual in some way

English Language Learners Definition of few (Entry 2 of 2)

: not many
: not many but some
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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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