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



    BrE BrE//fjuː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fjuː//
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  1. 1  not many people, things or places Very few of his books are worth reading. You can pass with as few as 25 points. (formal) Few will argue with this conclusion.
  2. 2  a few a small number of people, things or places; some I recognized a few of the other people. I've seen most of his movies. Only a few are as good as his first one. Could you give me a few more details?
  3. 3  fewer not as many as Fewer than 20 students passed all the exams. There are no fewer than 100 different species in the area. Look at the note at less.
  4. 4the few used with a plural verb to mean ‘a small group of people’ Real power belongs to the few. She was one of the chosen few (= the small group with special rights).
  5. Word OriginOld 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 (informal) to have had enough alcohol to make you drunk
    quite a few (British English also a good few)
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     a fairly large number I've been there quite a few times.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: few