- (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.]
- (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.
- (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.
- (meteorology, of rainfall with regard to a location) (US?) Having a 10 percent chance of measurable precipitation (0.01 inch); used interchangeably with isolated.
- little (see usage)
- French: peu