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few

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adj.很少的;很少;(与复数名词和复数动词连用)有些;几乎没有的

pron.很少;有些(人、事物、地方);(与复数动词连用)少数人;不和…一般多

n.很少数

常用短语

  1. some few

    不少,有一些

  2. few words

    沉默寡言的人,少言寡语的

  3. every few

    每隔几…

  4. 更多词组短语 »

场景例句

  1. He mumbled a few words.

    他咕哝了几句。

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  2. We've had a few replies.

    我们已得到了一些答复。

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  3. He kept a few dairy cows.

    他养了几头奶牛。

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  4. 更多双语例句 »

近义词

反义词

  • adj. 少数的
  • many

同义词辨析

  • 以下词都有“少量的”的意思,区别是:
  • little 只修饰不可数名词,含否定意义。

    few 只修饰可数名词的复数形式,侧重指数量非常少,给人一种模糊概念,含否定意义。

    several 修饰可数名词的复数形式,指至少有3个,但不会超过5、6个。

单词家谱

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few 少数,几个

来自PIE*pau,少的,小的,词源同poor,pupil,pullet.引申多种词义。

few (adj.)

Old English feawe (plural; contracted to fea) "not many, a small number; seldom, even a little," from Proto-Germanic *fawaz (source also of Old Saxon fa, Old Frisian fe, Old High German fao, Old Norse far, Danish faa), from PIE root *pau- (1) "few, little."

Always plural in Old English, according to OED "on the analogy of the adverbial fela," meaning "many." Phrase few and far between attested from 1660s. Unusual ironic use in quite a few "many" (1854), earlier a good few (1803).

There is likewise another dialectical use of the word few among them [i.e. "the Northern Counties"], seemingly tending to its total overthrow; for they are bold enough to say—"a good few," meaning a good many. [Samuel Pegge, "Anecdotes of the English Language," London, 1803]

few (n.)

"a small number of persons" (distinguished from the many), c. 1300, fewe, from few (adj.).

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. [Winston Churchill, 1940]
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