adjective a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `a'; a small but indefinite number
a few weeks ago
a few more wagons than usual
an invalid's pleasures are few and far between
few roses were still blooming
few women have led troops in battle
OE. fewe, feawe, AS. feá, pl. feáwe; akin to OS. fah, OHG. f* fao, Icel. far, Sw. få, pl., Dan. faa, pl., Goth. faus, L. paucus, cf. Gr. . Cf. Paucity.
comparativeFewer ; superlativeFewest
Not many; small, limited, or confined in number; -- indicating a small portion of units or individuals constituing a whole; often, by ellipsis of a noun, a few people. "Are not my days few?"
Job x. 20.
Few know and fewer care.
✍ Few is often used partitively; as, few of them.Shak.Cowper.