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Definition of FEW

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Few \Few\ (f[=u]), a. [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. [1913 Webster]

           Few know and fewer care.                 --Proverb. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Few is often used partitively; as, few of them. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

50 Moby Thesaurus words for "few":
     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


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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