Meaning of FEW in English

FEW

I. ˈfyü pronoun, plural in construction

Etymology: Middle English fewe, pron. & adjective, from Old English fēawa, fēa; akin to Old High German fao, fō, fōh little, Old Norse fār little, taciturn, Gothic fawai few, Latin paucus little, pauper poor, Greek pauros small, slight, paid-, pais child, Sanskrit putra son, child

: not many persons or things

many are called but few are chosen — Mt 22:14 (Revised Standard Version)

few of the statements are true

II. adjective

( fewer ˈfyüə(r); -u̇(ə)r, -u̇ə ; fewest -üə̇st)

Etymology: Middle English fewe

1. : consisting of or amounting to a small number : not many

one of his few pleasures

has relatively few friends

less construction means fewer jobs

holidays were few and far between

was applauded by the few people present

2. : some at least : not many but some — used with a preceding a to designate being some rather than none

caught a few fish

leave a few flowers for the next person

— see a II 1

3. dialect : little

a piece of salt jowl meat and a few syrup — G.S.Perry

III. noun, plural in construction

Etymology: Middle English fewe, from fewe, pron. & adjective

1. : a small number of units or individuals — used with preceding a

sold a few of the old books

a few of the soldiers were wounded

2. : a special limited number : minority — used with preceding the

a society based on privileges for the few

a car built for the discriminating few

3. : an indefinite but not very large number of drinks — used with preceding a

went into a crummy-looking beer joint and had a few — Len Zinberg

- a few

- a good few

- in few

- not a few

- quite a few

IV.

variant of feu

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