\ ˈfyü How to pronounce few (audio) \

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, gazillion, horde, host, jillion, kazillion, legion, loads, many, mountain, multitude, oodles, scads, thousands, zillion

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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

For Mr Duque’s government, there are few options for reducing production. The Economist, "Cocaine production in Colombia is at historic highs," 5 July 2019 Most of the comments on social media focused on defending Suheib’s father, however, with few actually addressing his charges against Hamas itself. Washington Post, "Son of Hamas leader calls the militant movement a ‘racist terror organization’," 5 July 2019 While Cafe Fili serves mostly Mediterranean food, Tilted Row’s menu veers more toward Southern staples like chicken and pork chops, interspersed with a few more exotic options. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Break bread at The Tilted Row in Bolton Hill," 3 July 2019 Repeatedly diminishing duty in favor of fiscal comfort for the few (one-third of Americans) is not justice. Alyssa Ahlgren, Twin Cities, "Alyssa Ahlgren: Canceling student loan debt is regressive, among other problems," 3 July 2019 That means there are a few different options to see this eclipse virtually. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How to watch today’s total solar eclipse if you’re not in a small portion of South America," 2 July 2019 Here are a few options, and when to tune in: The astronomy education website Slooh is providing a webcast of the eclipse starting at 3:15 pm Eastern. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Tuesday’s total solar eclipse: how to watch," 2 July 2019 The few photos that have emerged from the event so far reveal that Joe and his groomsmen went with classic black tuxedos for the ceremony. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Celebrate Marriage With Second Wedding in France," 30 June 2019 After picking up Paul Millsap’s $30 million option on Saturday afternoon, likely their biggest move of the offseason, here are a few realistic options the Nuggets could land using their midlevel exception. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets free agency: 8 realistic targets in wake of Denver’s Paul Millsap decision," 29 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in construction

The one question few stopped to ask—and maybe an obituary was not the place to ask it—is whether the reading public agreed. Adam Kirsch, WSJ, "The Way We Read Now," 3 Aug. 2018 Best Buy lists a launch date of October 9, and the happy few who have managed to buy the new Chromecast early can't set it up yet. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Coming soon from Google: The Pixel 3, Google Home Hub, Pixel Slate, and more," 7 Oct. 2018 In the end, that may do as much for Yeezy’s cult status as originally offering the sneaker to an elite few did. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Why Yeezys, a brand based on exclusivity, are suddenly so easy to buy," 21 Sep. 2018 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

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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 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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few

pronoun

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

few

adjective

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

: not many
: not many but some

few

pronoun
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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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