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Definitions of few word
- adjective few not many but more than one: Few artists live luxuriously. 1
- noun few (used with a plural verb) a small number or amount: Send me a few. 1
- noun few the few, a special, limited number; the minority: That music appeals to the few. 1
- idioms few few and far between, at widely separated intervals; infrequent: In Nevada the towns are few and far between. 1
- idioms few quite a few, a fairly large number; many: There were quite a few interesting things to do. 1
- noun few See less. 1
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Origin of few
First appearance:before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English fewe, Old English fēawe; cognate with Gothic fawai; akin to Latin paucus few, paulus little, pauper poor, Greek paûros little, few
Parts of speech for Few
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% 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".
few usage trend in Literature
Synonyms for few
- minority — the smaller part or number; a number, part, or amount forming less than half of the whole.
- less — not at all (used before a verb): He little knows what awaits him.
- scanty — scant in amount, quantity, etc.; barely sufficient.
- slight — small in amount, degree, etc.: a slight increase; a slight odor.
- lean — to incline or bend from a vertical position: She leaned out the window.
- several — being more than two but fewer than many in number or kind: several ways of doing it.
- smattering — slight or superficial knowledge; smattering.
- spattering — to scatter or dash in small particles or drops: The dog spattered mud on everyone when he shook himself.
- sprinkling — the act or an instance of sprinkling.
Antonyms for few
- consequential — Consequential means the same as consequent.
- useful — being of use or service; serving some purpose; advantageous, helpful, or of good effect: a useful member of society.
- large — of more than average size, quantity, degree, etc.; exceeding that which is common to a kind or class; big; great: a large house; a large number; in large measure; to a large extent.
- many — constituting or forming a large number; numerous: many people.
- much — great in quantity, measure, or degree: too much cake.
- luxuriance — luxuriant growth or productiveness; rich abundance; lushness.
- ton — a unit of weight, equivalent to 2000 pounds (0.907 metric ton) avoirdupois (short ton) in the U.S. and 2240 pounds (1.016 metric tons) avoirdupois (long ton) in Great Britain.
- superabundance — exceedingly or excessively abundant; more than sufficient; excessive.
- store — an establishment where merchandise is sold, usually on a retail basis.
- flow — to move along in a stream: The river flowed slowly to the sea.
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