Crossword clues for few
- Description for the Marines
- Not a lot
- Many's opposite
- How many are chosen?
- Not many
- An indefinite but relatively small number
- A small elite group
- The chosen ___
- " . . . but ___ are chosen"
- Select group, with "the"
- " . . . we happy ___ . . . ": Shak.
- The number chosen
- A handful
- Partner of far between
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Few \Few\ (f[=u]),
[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.
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]
n. an indefinite but relatively small number; "they bought a case of beer and drank a few"
a small elite group; "it was designed for the discriminating few"
Few may refer to:
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.