Definition for fewer (2 of 2)
adjective, few·er, few·est.
Origin of few
Examples from the Web for fewer
This was nine fewer than what he needed just two years ago when 426 members of the House voted.Democrats Accidentally Save Boehner From Republican Coup|Ben Jacobs, Jackie Kucinich|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
That means that fewer and fewer everyday Americans are choosing to contribute to campaigns.
The more resources and education society becomes equipped with, the fewer stories like yours will surface.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Fewer women are shackled during labor and delivery (PDF), though this still occurs.
The demonstrations have been largely peaceful, with fewer arrests and clashes with police than in other cities.Eric Garner Protesters Have a Direct Line to City Hall|Jacob Siegel|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I could have done with fewer deeds of unnecessary kindness and more words of unguarded intimacy.Witching Hill|E. W. Hornung
Heaven knows, there are fellows who have more vices than scabs, and scabs countless, with fewer ideas than plaisters.Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Vol. I (of 2)|Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The fewer the emotional storms the less likelihood of repetitions of attacks of epilepsy.Psychotherapy|James J. Walsh
Very few learn the prescribed form of Moslem prayers and fewer still use them.Our Moslem Sisters|Annie Van Sommer
To the more you shall give a larger part, and to the fewer a lesser.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
British Dictionary definitions for fewer
- a small number of; hardly anyfew men are so cruel
- (as pronoun; functioning as plural)many are called but few are chosen
- a small number ofa few drinks
- (as pronoun; functioning as plural)a few of you
- at great intervals; widely spaced
- not abundant; scarce
Word Origin for few
Word Origin and History for fewer
Old English feawe (plural; contracted to fea) "few, seldom, even a little," from Proto-Germanic *faw-, from PIE root *pau- (1) "few, little" (cf. Latin paucus "few, little," paullus "little," parvus "little, small," pauper "poor;" Greek pauros "few, little," pais (genitive paidos) "child;" Latin puer "child, boy," pullus "young animal;" Oscan puklu "child;" Sanskrit potah "a young animal," putrah "son;" Old English fola "young horse;" Old Norse fylja "young female horse;" Old Church Slavonic puta "bird;" Lithuanian putytis "young animal, young bird"). Always plural in Old English.
Phrase few and far between attested from 1660s. Unusual ironic use in quite a few "many" (1883), earlier a good few (1828). The noun is late 12c., fewe, from the adjective.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. [Winston Churchill, 1940]
Idioms and Phrases with fewer
In addition to the idioms beginning with few
- few and far between
- few bricks shy of a load
- few words
- a few
- bricks shy of a load, (a few)
- of few words
- precious few
- quite a bit (few)