Few

Few

(f), a. [Compar. Fewer (f"r); superl. Fewest.] [OE. fewe, feawe, AS. fe, pl. fewe; akin to OS. fh, OHG. f fao, Icel. fr, Sw. f, pl., Dan. faa, pl., Goth. faus, L. paucus, cf. Gr. pay^ros. Cf. Paucity.] Not many; small, limited, or confined in number; -- indicating a small portion of units or individuals constituting a whole; often, by ellipsis of a noun, a few people. "Are not my days few?" Job x. 20.
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Few know and fewer care.
Proverb.
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Few is often used partitively; as, few of them.
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A few, a small number. -- In few, in a few words; briefly. Shak.

-- No few, not few; more than a few; many. Cowper.

-- The few, the minority; -- opposed to the many or the majority.
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