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few

 (fyo͞o)
adj. few·er, few·est
1. Amounting to or consisting of a small number: one of my few bad habits. See Usage Note at less.
2. Being more than one but indefinitely small in number: bowled a few strings.
n. (used with a pl. verb)
1. An indefinitely small number of persons or things: A few of the books have torn jackets.
2. An exclusive or limited number: the discerning few; the fortunate few.
pron. (used with a pl. verb)
A small number of persons or things: "For many are called, but few are chosen" (Matthew 22:14).

[Middle English fewe, from Old English fēawe; see pau- in Indo-European roots.]

few′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fewest - (superlative of `few' used with count nouns and usually preceded by `the') quantifier meaning the smallest in number; "the fewest birds in recent memory"
superlative - an exaggerated expression (usually of praise); "the critics lavished superlatives on it"
most - (superlative of `many' used with count nouns and often preceded by `the') quantifier meaning the greatest in number; "who has the most apples?"; "most people like eggs"; "most fishes have fins"
Translations
najmanj

fewest

[ˈfjuːɪst] ADJ & PRON & SUPERL of fewlos/las menos

fewest

[ˈfjuːɪst] adj superlativele moins de

fewest

superl of few
adjdie wenigsten
prondie wenigsten, am wenigsten

fewest

[ˈfjuːɪst] adj & pron & superl of fewil minor numero di
we were fewest in number → eravamo i meno numerosi
References in classic literature ?
If this remark be just, it becomes useful to inquire whether so many JUST causes of war are likely to be given by UNITED AMERICA as by DISUNITED America; for if it should turn out that United America will probably give the fewest, then it will follow that in this respect the Union tends most to preserve the people in a state of peace with other nations.
Look when the world hath fewest barbarous peoples, but such as commonly will not marry or generate, except they know means to live
I chose one out of all the possible directions because in it there were fewest obstacles.
After all, it is best to be honest, and if it is not best, it is at least easiest; it involves the fewest embarrassing consequences; and if I confess the spell that the Revenge of Joseph Noirel cast upon me for a time, perhaps I shall be able to whisper the reader behind my hand that I have never yet read the "AEneid" of Virgil; the "Georgics," yes; but the "AEneid," no.
I beg your pardon, Miss Emily; I was considering how to put what I have to say in the fewest and plainest words.
I never presumed to speak, except in answer to a question; and then I did it with inward regret, because it was a loss of so much time for improving myself; but I was infinitely delighted with the station of an humble auditor in such conversations, where nothing passed but what was useful, expressed in the fewest and most significant words; where, as I have already said, the greatest decency was observed, without the least degree of ceremony; where no person spoke without being pleased himself, and pleasing his companions; where there was no interruption, tediousness, heat, or difference of sentiments.
night - and I will explain the matter in the fewest words.
You shall have both in the plainest and fewest words.
Before he leaves the room, silent Peter goes to the window, and asks in fewest possible words if he shall draw the curtains.
You are going to be married; you state to whom, you add that I am the lady's guardian; you give the name and address of my lawyer in Edinburgh; you write your instructions plainly in the fewest words, and leave details to your legal adviser; you refer the lawyers to each other; you request that the draft settlements be prepared as speedily as possible, and you give your address at this house.
Mercy laughed bitterly, and sat down to write in the fewest words all that was needed from her--a plain statement of the facts.
The evening of life is described by Plato in the most expressive manner, yet with the fewest possible touches.