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few

[ fyoo ]SEE DEFINITION OF few
  • adj.hardly any
  • pron.scarcely any

Synonyms for few

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Antonyms for few

  • big
  • consequential
  • fat
  • important
  • large
  • major
  • significant
  • tall
  • thick
  • useful
  • many
  • much
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FEW

They were both silent for a few moments; and Eudora's countenance was troubled.

Here we see but a few of the last links, and those imperfectly.

So small was it that to have gone a few feet to either side would have been to miss it.

I shall be staying with Aunt Cornelia a few days after to-morrow.

Or, if I'd only got tied up in some way for a few weeks—something I could tide over.

You will probably see me out again in a few days, if you take the trouble to look.

I can get along for a few hours, and then I'll have a doctor look at it.

I could keep only the effect of its expression and the few tones of your voice I heard.

"Too bad she ain't got a few more millions," said Uncle Peter, ruminantly.

After all, there are certain things that you can't tell in too few words.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English feawe (plural; contracted to fea) "few, seldom, even a little," from Proto-Germanic *faw-, from PIE root *pau- (1) "few, little" (cf. Latin paucus "few, little," paullus "little," parvus "little, small," pauper "poor;" Greek pauros "few, little," pais (genitive paidos) "child;" Latin puer "child, boy," pullus "young animal;" Oscan puklu "child;" Sanskrit potah "a young animal," putrah "son;" Old English fola "young horse;" Old Norse fylja "young female horse;" Old Church Slavonic puta "bird;" Lithuanian putytis "young animal, young bird"). Always plural in Old English.

Phrase few and far between attested from 1660s. Unusual ironic use in quite a few "many" (1883), earlier a good few (1828). The noun is late 12c., fewe, from the adjective.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FEW

handful

adjectivea small quantity
  • few
  • scattering
  • small number
  • smattering
  • some
  • spattering
  • sprinkling
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