a few

a few
A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ey fyoo]
    • /eɪ fyu/
    • /ə fjuː/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey fyoo]
    • /eɪ fyu/

Definitions of a few words

  • adjective a few small number of 1
  • pronoun a few A small number of things. 0
  • determiner a few A small number of. Not zero but more than two. 0

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Parts of speech for A few


a few popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

a few usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for a few

adj a few

  • precise — definitely or strictly stated, defined, or fixed: precise directions.
  • specified — to mention or name specifically or definitely; state in detail: He did not specify the amount needed.
  • specific — having a special application, bearing, or reference; specifying, explicit, or definite: to state one's specific purpose.
  • individual — a single human being, as distinguished from a group.
  • various — of different kinds, as two or more things; differing one from another: Various experiments have not proved his theory.

pron a few

  • more or less — in greater quantity, amount, measure, degree, or number: I need more money.
  • any — You use any in statements with negative meaning to indicate that no thing or person of a particular type exists, is present, or is involved in a situation.

Antonyms for a few

adj a few

  • inexact — not exact; not strictly precise or accurate.
  • indefinite — not definite; without fixed or specified limit; unlimited: an indefinite number.
  • unimportant — of much or great significance or consequence: an important event in world history.
  • usual — habitual or customary: her usual skill.
  • hesitant — hesitating; undecided, doubtful, or disinclined.

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