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English

Etymology

From Old English fēaw.

Pronunciation

Determiner

few (comparative fewer, superlative fewest)

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An indefinite, but usually small, number of.
    I don't know how many drinks I've had, but I've had a few.
    Quite a few of them (=many of them) were pleasantly surprised.
  2. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Not many; a small but somewhat indefinite number of.
    There are few people who understand quantum theory.
    I was expecting lots of people at the party, but very few (=almost none) turned up.
  3. (meteorology, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Obscuring one eighth to two eighths of the sky.
    Tonight.. A few clouds. Increasing cloudiness overnight.
    NOAA definition of the term "few clouds": An official sky cover classification for aviation weather observations, descriptive of a sky cover of 1/8 to 2/8. This is applied only when obscuring phenomenon aloft are present--that is, not when obscuring phenomenon are surface-based, such as fog.

Usage notes

  • Few is used with plural nouns only; its synonymous counterpart little is used with uncountable nouns.
  • (Can we verify(+) this sense?) Few, to some people, normally indicates a quantity of three.

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