Definition of few determiner from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    few

     determiner,adjective
    determiner, adjective
    BrE BrE//fjuː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fjuː//
     
    (fewer, fewest)
     
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  1. 1  used with plural nouns and a plural verb to mean ‘not many’ Few people understand the difference. There seem to be fewer tourists around this year. Very few students learn Latin now.
  2. 2  (also a few) used with plural nouns and a plural verb to mean ‘a small number’, ‘some’ We've had a few replies. I need a few things from the store. Quite a few people are going to arrive early. I try to visit my parents every few weeks.
  3. Word Origin Old English fēawe, fēawa, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German fao, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin paucus and Greek pauros ‘small’.Idioms not frequent; not happening often
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