A few


A few
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]


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