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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.
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Noun1.fewness - the quality of being small in number
number, figure - the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals; "he had a number of chores to do"; "the number of parameters is small"; "the figure was about a thousand"


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The dramatic instinct to which the life of towns is necessarily unfavourable, is kept alive in the country by the smallness of the stage and the fewness of the actors.
If their works betray imperfections, we wonder at the fewness of them.
Comparing the town with Sydney, I was chiefly struck with the comparative fewness of the large houses, either built or building.
If, however, an isolated area be very small, either from being surrounded by barriers, or from having very peculiar physical conditions, the total number of the individuals supported on it will necessarily be very small; and fewness of individuals will greatly retard the production of new species through natural selection, by decreasing the chance of the appearance of favourable variations.
Then indeed I have felt ashamed of the fewness of my wants; but only for a moment, and only under the withering influence of the eyeglass; for, after all, the owner's spirit is the same spirit as that which dwells in my servants--girls whose one idea of happiness is to live in a town where there are others of their sort with whom to drink beer and dance on Sunday afternoons.
They are solidly built, and are remarkable for the thickness of their walls, and for the fewness of their windows, many of which are covered by gratings.
Is this due to the insularity of our writings in English, the fewness of the writers, and the small base of readers of serious literature.