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The Definition of - few (noun)

    adjective, fewer, fewest.
    1.
    not many but more than one:
    Few artists live luxuriously.
    noun
    2.
    (used with a plural verb) a small number or amount:
    Send me a few.
    3.
    the few, a special, limited number; the minority:
    That music appeals to the few.
    pronoun
    4.
    (used with a plural verb) a small number of persons or things:
    A dozen people volunteered, but few have shown up.
    Idioms
    5.
    few and far between, at widely separated intervals; infrequent:
    In Nevada the towns are few and far between.
    6.
    quite a few, a fairly large number; many:
    There were quite a few interesting things to do.

Word Example of - few

    Example Sentences for few

    For a few minutes after receiving this information Bart was busy thinking.

    The few that glare each character must mark; You balance not the many in the dark.

    When within a few rods of each other we ceased paddling, and drifted by with the momentum.

    I made up my mind while I heard you talk I'd get a few things off my chest.

    Rub it over with a piece of butter, strew it with a little chopped sage and a few bread crumbs, and roast it in a Dutch oven.

    A few odes, a few letters he was still to write, but no more comedies.

    Yet for a few moments I stood contemplating the scene of ruin.

    The two children stood and looked at each other a few moments.

    However, a few minutes' walking took them to the Hotel de Ville.

    The girl stopped for a few moments to recover her composure.

Word Origin & History of - few

    Word Origin & History

    few O.E. feawe (contracted to fea), from Gmc. *faw- (cf. O.N. far, Dan. faa, O.Fris. fe, O.H.G. foh "little," Goth. fawai "few"), from PIE *pau- "smallness" (cf. L. paucus "few, little," paullus "little," pauper "poor;" Gk. pauros "few, little," pais (gen. paidos) "child;" L. puer "child, boy," pullus "young animal;" Oscan puklu "child;" Skt. potah "a young animal," putrah "son;" O.C.S. puta "bird;" Lith. putytis "young animal, young bird"). Always plural in O.E. Phrase few and far between attested from 1668. Unusual ironic use in quite a few "many" (1883), earlier a good few (1828)."Never in the ...field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." [Winston Churchill, 1940]