the state of being few or small in quantity; paucity.

before 900; Middle English fewenesse, Old English fēawnes. See few, -ness

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few (fjuː)
1.  a.  a small number of; hardly any: few men are so cruel
 b.  (as pronoun; functioning as plural): many are called but few are chosen
2.  (preceded by a)
 a.  a small number of: a few drinks
 b.  (as pronoun; functioning as plural): a few of you
3.  informal a good few several
4.  few and far between
 a.  at great intervals; widely spaced
 b.  not abundant; scarce
5.  have a few, have a few too many to consume several (or too many) alcoholic drinks
6.  informal not a few, quite a few several
7.  the few Compare many a small number of people considered as a class: the few who fell at Thermopylae
[Old English fēawa; related to Old High German fao little, Old Norse fār little, silent]

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Example sentences
He looked touched by something, an impression furthered by the dazzling blueness of his eyes and the fewness of his words.
The fewness of their chattels made removals easy, and since.
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