a few meaning


    Definition of a few in English Dictionary

  • Pronoun
    1. A small number of things.
      1. Regrets, I've had a few, but then again too few to mention.
  • Determiner
    1. A small number of. Not zero but more than two.
    2. More Examples
      1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
        • The 1984 premiere production (and, judging from a few reviews, the subsequent stagings) was much more solemn.
        • That shirt still has a few more wrinkles to iron out.
        • Since the last update, the program freezes up / freezes after a few minutes of use.
      2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
        • A few days after Bailey's success, on June 16, in Boston, Dr. Dwight Harken successfully performed his first valvulotomy for mitral stenosis.
        • A few iconoclasts insist that bulbs can reflower, and you may be proving them right, but it is more likely that you started with at least two bulbs similar in size.
        • A few bright and beautiful stars gemmed the wide concave of heaven [ … ] .
      3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
        • The name "Appalachia" evokes a host of popular images and stereotypes: feuds, individualism, moonshine, subsistence farming, quilting bees, illiteracy, and dueling banjos, to name just a few.
        • The area was plagued by all sorts of vermin: fleas, lice, mice, and rats to name a few.
    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
      1. Determiners
        • Pronouns

        Other Vocabulary

        Look-Alike Words
        1. en askew
        2. en alew
        3. en Aífe
        4. en anew
        5. en arew
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        Meaning of a few for the defined word.

        Grammatically, this idiom "a few" is a determiner. It's also a pronoun.
        Definiteness: Level 6
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