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Meaning of FEW

Pronunciation:  fyoo

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a small elite group; "it was designed for the discriminating few"
  2. [n]  an indefinite but relatively small number; "they bought a case of beer and drank a few"
  3. [adj]  (quantifier used with count nouns; often preceded by `a') a small number; "a few weeks ago"; "a few more wagons than usual"; "an invalid's pleasures are few and far between"; "few roses were still blooming"; "few women have led troops in battle"
 

FEW is a 3 letter word that starts with F.

 

 Synonyms: a couple of(a), a few(a), hardly a(a)
 
 Antonyms: many
 
 See Also: elite, fewer, small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity, some(a)

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Few\ (f[=u]), a. [Compar. {Fewer}; superl. {Fewest}.] [OE.
fewe, feawe, AS. fe['a], pl. fe['a]we; akin to OS. f[=a]h,
OHG. f[=o] fao, Icel. f[=a]r, Sw. f[*a], pl., Dan. faa, pl.,
Goth. faus, L. paucus, cf. Gr. pay^ros. Cf. {Paucity}.]
Not many; small, limited, or confined in number; --
indicating a small portion of units or individuals
constituing a whole; often, by ellipsis of a noun, a few
people. ``Are not my days few?'' --Job x. 20.

      Few know and fewer care.                 --Proverb.

Note: Few is often used partitively; as, few of them.

{A few}, a small number.

{In few}, in a few words; briefly. --Shak.

{No few}, not few; more than a few; many. --Cowper.

{The few}, the minority; -- opposed to the many or the
   majority.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: cursory, depthless, footling, handful, hardly any, inconsequential, inconsiderable, insignificant, least, little, littlest, low, lowest, meager, miniature, minim, minimum, negligible, no great shakes, not many, occasional, of small number, petty, picayune, picayunish, precious little, rare, scarce, scarcely any, scattering, seldom, shallow, short, shortest, skin-deep, slightest, small, smallest, smatter, smattering, spatter, spattering, sporadic, sprinkling, superficial, tiny, trifling, trivial, uncommon, unfrequent
 

 

 

 

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