Adjective "few" definition and examples

(Few may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples

pronoun, adjective, & determiner

A small number of.
  1. as pronoun 'I will recount a few of the stories told me'
  2. 'Many have attended rehearsal classes five nights a week and a few of them seven days a week.'
  3. 'Place the warm fennel on the plate and arrange the fish on top with a few of the cucumber pieces.'
  4. 'So we asked a few of them for half a dozen innovations in retail that are getting them excited.'
  5. 'We came up with a few of those by copying and exaggerating things that we and our friends got up to!'
  6. 'After the last day in the office on the Friday a few of us went out for beers in Aoyama.'
  7. 'She also asked him a few more questions until we were certain he was my twin brother.'
  8. 'There are a few of the lads I used to play with who are now in the first team like Bryan Stewart.'
  9. 'Well buy a few of them and stick your chocolate in that, it won't get warmer or go dead cold.'
  10. 'So, a few of us who would like to keep it going have decided to take it upon ourselves to start it up anew.'
  11. 'What happened was I thought that a few of the posts on my blog were in a different font.'
Used to emphasize how small a number of people or things is.
  1. as pronoun 'few thought to challenge these assumptions'
  2. 'a club with as few as 20 members'
  3. as adjective 'sewing was one of her few pleasures'
  4. 'If we lose or draw, then I wouldn't see us being able to make up that ground in so few games.'
  5. 'He also spared few people his assurances that just about no one was as powerful as he was.'
  6. 'The few people who do go shooting on this land only get what is needed for the pot.'
  7. 'It is one of the few abbeys to have survived to the present day as a parish church.'
  8. 'In fact it is a great place to take kids of all ages - relaxing and with few long queues.'
  9. 'Sport is full of unusual people of high ability, but very few of them are film stars.'
  10. 'It's a sorry thing to say, but very few objects in my home give me a pure aesthetic thrill.'
  11. 'There were no airs and very few graces, just a good eye and an uncomplicated swing at the ball.'
  12. 'Hall is one of those who left the pit, with few regrets, as soon as he was paid to do so.'
  13. 'These parties may win many of their votes on the race issue, but they win very few votes.'


The minority of people; the elect.
  1. 'Richard Douthwaite is the author of The Growth Illusion: How Economic Growth Enriched the Few, Impoverished the Many and Endangered the Planet.'
  2. 'This little gem is entitled The Many Not The Few, and is a paen to socialist ideals.'
  3. 'He has written 17 books, including: Democracy for the Few, Dirty Truths, Against Empire, and The Terrorism Trap.'
  4. 'They believe they are, as stressed by a famous advertisement recruiting campaign, ‘The Few, The Proud’.'
  5. 'The world belongs to the few, not to the many, and least of all to all.'
  6. 'It was great to see the unveiling of the Battle Of Britain memorial in London as a tribute to The Few, to whom we undoubtedly owe a profound debt for their sacrifice and bravery 65 years ago.'
  7. 'The 60th anniversary of the defining air battle of the Second World War will see people gathering across North and East Yorkshire to remember the Few.'
  8. 'The Few, as Churchill dubbed the Fighter Command aircrew, were not the free-spirited, knights of the air, officer types immortalised by the media.'
  9. 'Yes, and I'm sure the Few fought the Battle of Britain so that chinless little Nazis could fight elections in this country.'
  10. 'He was well known for his part in Gone with the Wind and had just starred with David Niven in The First of the Few, the story of the Spitfire.'
  11. 'We all know that the Royal Air Force, the Few, won the Battle of Britain in 1940 to prevent a Nazi invasion.'

More definitions

1. not many but more than one: Few artists live luxuriously. noun

2. (used with a plural verb) a small number or amount: Send me a few.

3. the few, a special, limited number; the minority: That music appeals to the few. pronoun

4. (used with a plural verb) a small number of persons or things: A dozen people volunteered, but few have shown up. Idioms

5. few and far between, at widely separated intervals; infrequent: In Nevada the towns are few and far betwe

More examples(as adjective)

"transfers can be few in posts."

"sizes can be few as observers."

"risks can be few in comparisons."

"rights can be few by days."

"pilots can be few of competitors."

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Old 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’.


every few
few and far between
a good few
have a few
no fewer than
not a few
quite a few
some few