• (British)
  • (America) IPA: /fju/
  1. (preceded by another determiner) An indefinite, but usually small, number of.
    There are a few cars (=some, but a relatively small number) ''in the street.
    I was expecting a big crowd at the party, but very few people (=almost none) turned up.
    Quite a few people (=a significant number) were pleasantly surprised.
    I think he's had a few drinks. [This usage is likely ironic.]
  2. (used alone) Not many; a small (in comparison with another number stated or implied) but somewhat indefinite number of.
    There are few people who understand quantum theory.
  3. (meteorology, of clouds) (US?) Obscuring one eighth to two eighths of the sky.
    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 phenomena aloft are present--that is, not when obscuring phenomena are surface-based, such as fog.
  4. (meteorology, of rainfall with regard to a location) (US?) Having a 10 percent chance of measurable precipitation (0.01 inch); used interchangeably with isolated.
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  1. Few people, few things.
    Many are called, but few are chosen.
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Proper noun
  1. (British) The pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain.

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