1. a small elite group
; - Example: "it was designed for the discriminating few"ADJECTIVE
1. a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `a'
; a small but indefinite number
; - Example: "a few weeks ago"- Example: "a few more wagons than usual"- Example: "an invalid's pleasures are few and far between"- Example: "few roses were still blooming"- Example: "few women have led troops in battle"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
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. --Proverb.
Note: Few is often used partitively; as, few of them.
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
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: 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 1: a small elite group; "it was designed for the
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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,