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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.

few•er

(ˈfyu ər)

adj.
1. of a smaller number: fewer words and more action.
pron.
2. (used with a pl. v.) a smaller number: Fewer have come than we hoped.
[Middle English fewere, Old English]
usage: See less.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fewer - (comparative of `few' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning a smaller number of; "fewer birds came this year"; "the birds are fewer this year"; "fewer trains were late"
comparative, comparative degree - the comparative form of an adjective or adverb; "`faster' is the comparative of the adjective `fast'"; "`less famous' is the comparative degree of the adjective `famous'"; "`more surely' is the comparative of the adverb `surely'"
few - a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `a'; a small but indefinite number; "a few weeks ago"; "a few more wagons than usual"; "an invalid's pleasures are few and far between"; "few roses were still blooming"; "few women have led troops in battle"
less - (comparative of `little' usually used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning not as great in amount or degree; "of less importance"; "less time to spend with the family"; "a shower uses less water"; "less than three years old"
more - (comparative of `many' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning greater in number; "a hall with more seats"; "we have no more bananas"; "more than one"
Translations
méně
færre
harvempi
malobrojan
より少ない
더 소수의
manj
färre
น้อยกว่า
ít hơn

fewer

[ˈfjuːəʳ] ADJ & PRON & COMPAR of fewmenos
fewer than tenmenos de diez
no fewer thanno menos de ...
they have fewer than Itienen menos que yo
the fewer the bettercuantos menos mejor LESS THAN, FEWER THAN

fewer

[ˈfjuːər]
adj comparativemoins de
There are fewer people than there were yesterday → Il y a moins de monde qu'hier.
There are fewer pupils in this class → Il y a moins d'élèves dans cette classe.
There are fewer buses on Sundays → Il y a moins de bus le dimanche.
pronmoins
They are fewer now → Il y en a moins maintenant., Ils sont moins (nombreux) maintenant.
no fewer than → pas moins de

fewer

adj pron comp of fewweniger; no fewer thannicht weniger als

fewer

[ˈfjuːəʳ] adj & pron & comp of fewmeno inv, meno numerosi/e
fewer than 10 → meno di 10
fewer than you → meno di te
no fewer than... → non meno di...
there are fewer of them now → adesso ce ne sono di meno

fewer

أَقَلّ méně færre weniger λιγότερος menos harvempi moins de malobrojan meno より少ない 더 소수의 minder færre mniej liczni menos меньше färre น้อยกว่า daha az ít hơn 较少的
References in classic literature ?
Every army is composed of lower grades of the service- the rank and file- of whom there are always the greatest number; of the next higher military rank- corporals and noncommissioned officers of whom there are fewer, and of still-higher officers of whom there are still fewer, and so on to the highest military command which is concentrated in one person.
I say at once there are fewer difficulties in holding hereditary states, and those long accustomed to the family of their prince, than new ones; for it is sufficient only not to transgress the customs of his ancestors, and to deal prudently with circumstances as they arise, for a prince of average powers to maintain himself in his state, unless he be deprived of it by some extraordinary and excessive force; and if he should be so deprived of it, whenever anything sinister happens to the usurper, he will regain it.
There were fewer houses and fewer fruit trees, and the farther they went the more dismal and lonesome the country became.
As the time went by, he had fewer and fewer fights.
So your Uncle Roger says the more old maids the more cats, and the more cats the fewer field-mice, and the fewer field-mice the more bumble-bees, and the more bumble-bees the better clover crops.
Already the Galus produce both male and female; but so carefully do the Wieroo watch us that few of the males ever grow to manhood, while even fewer are the females that are not stolen away.
Hem's theory, in so far as it professes to be an adequate explanation of "mysterious disappearances," is open to many obvious objections; to fewer as he states it himself in the "spacious volubility" of his book.
Even in the midst of defensive and dangerous wars with Persia and Macedon, the members never acted in concert, and were, more or fewer of them, eternally the dupes or the hirelings of the common enemy.
The smaller the society, the fewer probably will be the distinct parties and interests composing it; the fewer the distinct parties and interests, the more frequently will a majority be found of the same party; and the smaller the number of individuals composing a majority, and the smaller the compass within which they are placed, the more easily will they concert and execute their plans of oppression.
Fewer and fewer were the arrows that replied to the guns of the raiders, and at last Achmet Zek felt safe in ordering an assault.
But later there were fewer and fewer animal imprints occurring between those of Jane's and the Russian's feet, until as he approached the river the ape-man became aware that Rokoff could not have been more than a few hundred yards behind the girl.
I see my chances, however, grow fewer and fewer as the years go by.