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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
A few
A few weeks from now I’ll be in Venice.
Comparatively few
Comparatively few books have been written on the subject.
every few feet/ten yards etc
▪ There were traffic lights every ten yards.
every few seconds/ten days etc
▪ Re-apply your sunscreen every two hours.
few if any
▪ The universities have shown few if any signs of a willingness to change.
one/a few etc extra
▪ I got a few extra in case anyone else decides to come.
▪ I’ll be making $400 extra a month.
privileged few
▪ Only the privileged few can afford private education.
select few
▪ Honorary degrees are handed out to a select few.
the first two/three/few etc
▪ I only read the first two chapters of the book.
▪ It rained during the first few days of the trip.
to mention but a few (=used when you are only giving a few examples)
▪ She had taken a number of classes, including photography, art, and pottery, to mention but a few.
told...a few home truths
▪ It’s time someone told him a few home truths.
a few choice words/phrases
▪ Meyer had a few choice words for federal bureaucrats after an error listed him as deceased.
▪ And he also had a few choice words about my means of protecting myself.
▪ Or has rapper Puff been on the blower from New York with a few choice words?
a good few/many
▪ In time she came to know a good many faces, but none of them were people.
▪ It had been a good few years.
▪ It is likely that a good many valuable stones were destroyed in this way because Pliny was muddling up hardness and toughness.
▪ It was no accident that a good many towns were sited on the borderline between arable farming and pastoral regions.
▪ Overall, it took a good many years for the primaries to wrest control from the bosses.
▪ She solved some problems, but she created a good few more-many of which Britain is still dealing with today.
▪ There are a good many variables that may intervene in just this manner.
▪ We shared this house all the years of my childhood, and a good many summers afterward.
a man of few words
▪ He was a man of few words except when he mounted the stage to recite his poetry.
▪ Bill Templeman was a man of few words.
▪ Blitherdick, usually a man of few words, had become lachrymose about Blenkinsop's enjoyment of a good wine.
▪ He had a clear scientific mind but was self-effacing, modest, and a man of few words.
▪ He was a man of few words but many graphic gestures.
▪ He was a man of few words in any case, Maggie noted.
▪ I am therefore a man of few words and I have been very brief throughout my professional career.
a man/woman etc of few words
▪ Bill Templeman was a man of few words.
▪ Blitherdick, usually a man of few words, had become lachrymose about Blenkinsop's enjoyment of a good wine.
▪ He had a clear scientific mind but was self-effacing, modest, and a man of few words.
▪ He was a man of few words but many graphic gestures.
▪ He was a man of few words in any case, Maggie noted.
▪ I am therefore a man of few words and I have been very brief throughout my professional career.
be no/few/not many takers
catch some/a few rays
▪ Clothes, sleeping bags, spare canvas, all were hung up or spread out to catch a few rays of sunshine.
give or take a few minutes/a penny/a mile etc
give sb time/a few weeks/all day etc
in 10 days'/five years'/a few minutes' etc time
manage a few words/a smile etc
precious little/few
▪ There are precious few seats inside the court room.
▪ At the moment there is precious little.
▪ Eight voices then, and precious little else.
▪ Food shopping takes time, a commodity of which most of us have precious little.
▪ From which it follows that many will choose precious little attachment.
▪ I had no answers and precious little consolation to offer him to mitigate the facts.
▪ Once the polarization occurs, there is precious little Mrs Clinton can do about it.
▪ She had to find some other way to save Angel's precious little life, and find it quickly.
▪ There was precious little to learn.
quite a lot/bit/few
▪ A better day today, Miss Lavant wrote in her diary, quite a bit of sunshine.
▪ By no means, Watson; even now quite a few scientists continue to doubt.
▪ I lived quite a lot of my early childhood at the Thompsons' house behind a shop on Harehills Parade.
▪ Obviously, you have to wear quite a lot of protective clothing to minimise the risk of getting injured.
▪ Over 296 pages, Fallows cites quite a few.
▪ The man looks prosperous, like quite a few men.
▪ There's quite a bit of noise coming from the kitchens.
▪ There has been quite a lot of talk recently about adding enzymes to help the carp digest our sophisticated carp baits.
say a word/say a few words
some little/few sth
the chosen few
to name but a few/a handful/three etc
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Few \Few\ (f[=u]),

  1. [Compar. Fewer (f[=u]"[~e]r); 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 constituting a whole; often, by ellipsis of a noun, a few people. ``Are not my days few?''
    --Job x. 20.

    Few know and fewer care.

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

    A few, a small number.

    In few, in a few words; briefly.

    No few, not few; more than a few; many.

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

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English feawe (plural; contracted to fea) "not many, a small number; seldom, even a little," from Proto-Germanic *faw- (cognates: Old Saxon fa, Old Frisian fe, Old High German fao, Old Norse far, Danish faa).\n

\nThis is from PIE root *pau- (1) "few, little" (cognates: Latin paucus "few, little," paullus "little," parvus "little, small," pauper "poor;" Greek pauros "few, little," pais (genitive paidos) "child;" Latin puer "child, boy," pullus "young animal;" Oscan puklu "child;" Sanskrit potah "a young animal," putrah "son;" Old English fola "young horse;" Old Norse fylja "young female horse;" Old Church Slavonic puta "bird;" Lithuanian putytis "young animal, young bird").\n

\nAlways plural in Old English, according to OED "on the analogy of the adverbial fela," meaning "many." Phrase few and far between attested from 1660s. Unusual ironic use in quite a few "many" (1854), earlier a good few (1803).\n\nThere is likewise another dialectical use of the word few among them [i.e. "the Northern Counties"], seemingly tending to its total overthrow; for they are bold enough to say
--"a good few," meaning a good many.

[Samuel Pegge, "Anecdotes of the English Language," London, 1803]


"a small number of persons" (distinguished from the many), c.1300, fewe, from few (adj.).\nNever in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. [Winston Churchill, 1940]


det. (context preceded by another determiner English) An indefinite, but usually small, number of. pron. Few people, few things.


adj. a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `a'; a small but indefinite 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" [ant: many]

  1. n. an indefinite but relatively small number; "they bought a case of beer and drank a few"

  2. a small elite group; "it was designed for the discriminating few"


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Usage examples of "few".

The spider legs of the Aberrant flexed within a few feet of her, each as thick as her arm, encircling the heaving flanks of the thrashing beast.

Dale of the Tower: there shall we abide a while to gather victual, a day or two, or three maybe: so my Lord will hold a tourney there: that is to say that I myself and some few others shall try thy manhood somewhat.

I am to kill him over again, there is nothing for it but our abiding with him for the next few hours at least.

He did manage to use his fire magic on a few of them, setting their shirts and hair ablaze, and that forced the rest to reconsider their attack for a time.

The author is prepared, after careful consideration, to accept and professionally indorse, with few exceptions, the conclusions as to the probable character of the decimating diseases of the passengers and crew of the MAY-FLOWER, so ably and interestingly presented by Dr.

In offering a few hints for the domestic management of these abnormal conditions, we would at the same time remark, that, while health may be regained by skillful treatment, recovery will be gradual.

The presence of only a few of the symptoms which we have enumerated is evidence of abnormal weakness, which demands treatment.

There were few officers aboard the Endymion who turned a blind eye, but when it came to a zealous pursuit of duty, the first lieutenant was the worst.

As to them of the Dry Tree, though some few of them abode in the kingdom, and became great there, the more part of them went back to the wildwood and lived the old life of the Wood, as we had found them living it aforetime.

I guess that was one of the few times when I was lucky to be black, because the older Aboriginal girls always gave us black babies an extra kiss and cuddle.

There were a few lightly coloured Aboriginal boys left and they kept an eye on me.

I have received a few unconfirmed rumors from the north, but then, you and I both know that warfare is always abrim with rumors, warriors being as gossipy as old women.

Very few fruits these days are allowed to remain attached to their mother plant until abscission occurs.

One Saturday afternoon he absconded and turned himself in at the local police station a few hours later.

A forensic team abseils down the cliff and scours the area but finds nothing more than a few small strips of clothing.