\ˈfyü \

Definition of few 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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

few

adjective

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

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Other Words from few

Adjective

fewness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for few

Synonyms: Noun, plural in construction

couple, handful, scatter, scattering, smatter, smattering, sprinkle, sprinkling

Antonyms: Noun, plural in construction

army, crowd, flock, horde, host, legion, loads, many, mountain, multitude, oodles, scads

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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

But among the anti-Trump crowd were a few who had come to Windsor to support the president. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "London’s ‘Trump Baby’ Balloon Flies as Protests Take Off Across U.K.," 13 July 2018 This is a fascinating piece of Kansas City classical music history of which few are aware. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "KC Fringe Festival brings an adventurous spirit to classical themes," 13 July 2018 Confidence: High Clouds should start to pop up on Sunday, and a few will be capable of a shower by later in the day. David Streit, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Seasonably warm today with a stray shower possible; more humid this weekend," 12 July 2018 Here are a few, with my thoughts debunking these notions: 1. Andrew Brandt, SI.com, "How NFL and NBA Contracts Differ, and What NFL Players Can Do to Change It," 10 July 2018 Here are a few of our favorite travel-ready products. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Packing the ultimate weekender: Our favorite products for your carry-on or beach bag," 9 July 2018 There are other rookies on the other 29 rosters, of course, but few are as young as Walker. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "For Spurs rookie Walker, growing up won’t be hard to do," 8 July 2018 What few Miami baserunners existed quickly disappeared. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Wei-Yin Chen dominant again at home, but Marlins lose to Phillies," 14 July 2018 There are few resources available to LGBT youth in Arizona's schools. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona groups offer health, housing help to LGBT youth," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in construction

Musicians, artists and stars from the Nollywood film industry drank champagne with government dignitaries, few of whom had ever visited the club. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron pays tribute to Fela Kuti, a Nigerian musician," 5 July 2018 But Atul Gawande is one of the special few who sees the whole in the parts. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Why Atul Gawande Is the Perfect Choice to Lead the Amazon, Berkshire, and JPMorgan Health Venture," 20 June 2018 Only a relative few of Texas’ million-plus hunters could be expected to take advantage of the opportunity to use air guns or air bows. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "TPW Commission reconsidering its approval of air-powered guns, bows," 6 May 2018 Some teams are feared, others respected, but precious few are loved. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 9 Days to Go - What if Paolo Rossi Had Still Been Banned?," 5 June 2018 Imagine a teenager attending a high school where few of his peers make it to graduation, much less college. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "When Disadvantaged Students Overlook Elite Colleges," 18 Apr. 2018 The Trump administration is a haven for big spenders, few of whom seem to see a contradiction with their expressed opposition to government waste or the perils of Big Government. Jack Holmes, Esquire, "Shocker: Ben Carson Lied About Picking Out That $31,000 Dining Set for His Office," 14 Mar. 2018 The Rockets' nine attempts from the 3-point line were three shy of their previous few of the season. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets' winning streak ends at 17 games with loss to Raptors," 10 Mar. 2018 Changing golf for the masses because a small few who play it a different level is wrong. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Pro golfer slams USGA over possible distance reduction: They 'have it wrong'," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of few

Pronoun, plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

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

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

Adjective

see few entry 1

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

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few

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of few

: not many

: not many but some

few

pronoun
\ˈfyü \

Kids Definition of few

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

few

adjective
fewer; fewest

Kids Definition of few (Entry 2 of 3)

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

few

noun

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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