1

few

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pronoun, plural in construction \ ˈfyü \

Definition of few

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

Origin and Etymology of few

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


2

few

adjective

Definition of few

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

fewness

noun
few and far between
: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.

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Origin and Etymology of few

see 1few


3

few

noun, plural in construction

Definition of few

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

First Known Use of few

before 12th century


FEW Defined for English Language Learners

few

adjective

Definition of few for English Language Learners

  • : not many

  • : not many but some


FEW Defined for Kids

1

few

play
pronoun \ ˈfyü \

Definition of few for Students

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

2

few

adjective

Definition of few for Students

fewer; fewest
:not many but some
  • I caught a few fish.
  • They had few complaints.

3

few

noun

Definition of few for Students

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


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