Meaning of FEW in English

FEW

I. ˈfyü pronoun, plural in construction

Etymology: Middle English fewe, pronoun & adjective, from Old English fēawa; akin to Old High German fō little, Latin paucus little, pauper poor, Greek paid-, pais child, Sanskrit putra son

Date: before 12th century

: not many persons or things

few were present

few of his stories are true

II. adjective

Date: before 12th century

1. : consisting of or amounting to only a small number

one of our few pleasures

2. : at least some but indeterminately small in number — used with a

caught a few fish

• few·ness noun

- few and far between

III. noun, plural in construction

Date: before 12th century

1. : a small number of units or individuals

a few of them

2. : a special limited number

the discriminating few

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.