adj. few·er, few·est
1. Amounting to or consisting of a small number: one of my few bad habits. See Usage Note at less.
2. Being more than one but indefinitely small in number: bowled a few strings.
n. (used with a pl. verb)
1. An indefinitely small number of persons or things: A few of the books have torn jackets.
2. An exclusive or limited number: the discerning few; the fortunate few.
pron. (used with a pl. verb)
A small number of persons or things: "For many are called, but few are chosen" (Matthew 22:14).
[Middle English fewe, from Old English fēawe; see pau-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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