A small number of persons or things. This phrase can differ slightly from few used alone, which means “not many.” For example, The party was to end at eight, but a few stayed on indicates that a small number of guests remained, whereas The party began at eight, and few attended means that hardly any guests came. [Late 1200s] Also see quite a bit (few).
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
How to use a few in a sentence
He did it again Monday night, in his tepid, a-few-days-late-and-several-dollars-short speech.
In one hand I would carry an offering for my guru-a few flowers from the garden of my Panthi boardinghouse.Autobiography of a YOGI | Paramhansa Yogananda
With reference to these last—the sky-effects-a few words may not be out of place here.Blown to Bits | Robert Michael Ballantyne