\ 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

Some other stretches to try: Extend your leg and flex your foot up and down a few times; or, extend your leg, placing your heel on the bed, and gently pull your big toe back toward your ankle and hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Emilia Benton, SELF, "How I Treated My Plantar Fasciitis in Time to Run My Best Marathon Yet," 8 May 2019 There are a few desserts that do start with Q, but most of them originate outside of America. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "What will Google call Android 10 Q?," 6 May 2019 Initially, the tabbed experienced applied only to a few basic Windows Shell apps, such as Mail, Calendar, File Explorer, and some others. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's tabbed interface for Windows, known as Sets, appears dead for now," 22 Apr. 2019 The dominant climate-economic models used to generate scenarios showing how to hit the 2 degree target produce a few key common outcomes. David Roberts, Vox, "The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change," 29 Jan. 2019 Getty Images The arrival of spring means a few things, including warmer weather, blossoming flowers, and color. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Stuart Weitzman's Neon Shoes Will Be the Highlight of Your Spring," 16 Apr. 2019 Terri put those rumors to rest two years ago by clarifying a few things about her dating life. Katina Beniaris, Woman's Day, "Steve Irwin's Wife Reveals the Heartbreaking Reason Why She Hasn't Dated Since He Died," 22 Feb. 2019 The show's 16-time host Reba McEntire also took heed of the nonexistent girl power and had a few things to say about it for the sake of her fellow female country artists. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Reba McEntire Says She's Not 'Very Happy' With the Controversial ACM Nominations," 21 Feb. 2019 For those who want to tweak the settings, however, there are a few things of note. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "AMD ReLive review: A stylish video capture tool for Radeon graphics cards," 31 Jan. 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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