how to pronounce few


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the above transcription of few is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

few is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of few in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… ago there are a few empty spaces toward …”

meanings of few


  1. Not many; a small (in comparison with another number stated or implied) but somewhat indefinite number of.
  2. An indefinite, but usually small, number of. There are a few cars (=some, but a relatively small number) in the street.
  3. Obscuring one to two oktas (eighths) of the sky.
  4. Having a 10 percent chance of measurable precipitation (0.01 inch); used interchangeably with isolated.


  1. Few people, few things.


  1. The pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain.

few frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word few occurs in english on average 832.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics few can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that few can be often used in the following areas:

1) transport and travel;

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