September 07, 2021
Learner's Word of the Day
few /ˈfjuː/ adjective
few
/ˈfjuː/
adjective

fewer; fewest

A few people enjoying a park on a sunny day
A few people enjoying a park on a sunny day
Learner's definition of FEW

1 : not many

  • Few people came.

  • the next/last/past few weeks

  • I know (very) few people in the class.

  • Music is one of my (very) few pleasures.

  • He caught fewer fish than the rest of us.

  • There are fewer children at the school this year.

  • Not many people came, but the few people who did enjoyed themselves.

  • Few (if any) people understand me.

2 : not many but some — used in the phrase a few

  • Only/Just a few people came.

  • We went out for a few drinks after work.

  • I know a few people in the class.

  • The train leaves in a few minutes.

Note : The phrases quite a few and, less commonly, not a few or (chiefly British) a good few all mean "fairly many."

  • Quite a few students from our high school go on to college.

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