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Few (f&ū;), a. [Compar. Fewer (f&ū;"&etilde_;r); superl. Fewest.] [OE. fewe, feawe, AS. feá, pl. feáwe; akin to OS. f&ā;h, OHG. f&ō; fao, Icel. f&ā;r, Sw. få, 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.
Few know and fewer care. Proverb.
&hand_; Few is often used partitively; as, few of them.
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.