An example of few is when only a couple of people went to the party, few went to the party.
An example of few is three long stemmed roses.
One of my few bad habits.
Bowled a few strings.
A few of the books have torn jackets.
I was expecting lots of people at the party, but very few (=almost none) turned up. Quite a few of them (=many of them) were pleasantly surprised. I don't know how many drinks I've had, but I've had a few. [This usage is likely ironic.]
The discerning few; the fortunate few.
Few seats were left, a few people came.
There are few people who understand quantum theory. Many are called, but few are chosen.
Tonight: A few clouds. Increasing cloudiness overnight.
NOAA definition of the term "few clouds": An official sky cover classification for aviation weather observations, descriptive of a sky cover of 1/8 to 2/8. This is applied only when obscuring phenomenon aloft are present--that is, not when obscuring phenomenon are surface-based, such as fog.
Many are called, but few are chosen.
Many left, few stayed; a few of the men are wearing hats.
- scarce; rare
- the minority; esp., a small, select group
Origin of few
- Middle English fewe from Old English fēawe pau-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English fewe (“few”), from Old English fēawa, fēawe, fēa (“few”), from Proto-Germanic *fawaz (“few”), from Proto-Indo-European *ph₁w- (“few, small”). Cognate with Old Saxon fā (“few”), Old High German fao, fō (“few, little”), Old Norse fár (“few”), Gothic (fawai, “few”), Latin paucus (“little, few”). More at poor.
- From a speech by Winston Churchill that included the phrase "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."