Few vs. Couple - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Few (determiner)

    An indefinite, but usually small, number of.

    "I was expecting lots of people at the party, but very few (=almost none) turned up."

    "Quite a few of them (=many of them) were pleasantly surprised."

    "I"

    "don't know how many drinks I've had, but I've had a few. [This usage is likely ironic.]"

  • Few (determiner)

    Not many; a small (in comparison with another number stated or implied) but somewhat indefinite number of.

    "There are few people who understand quantum theory."

    "Many are called, but few are chosen."

  • Few (determiner)

    (US?) Obscuring one eighth to two eighths of the sky.

    "Tonight: A few clouds. Increasing cloudiness overnight."

    "NOAA definition of the term "few clouds": An official sky cover classification for aviation weather observations, descriptive of a sky cover of 1/8 to 2/8. This is applied only when obscuring phenomena aloft are present--that is, not when obscuring phenomena are surface-based, such as fog."

  • Few (determiner)

    (US?) Having a 10 percent chance of measurable precipitation (0.01 inch); used interchangeably with isolated.

  • Few (pronoun)

    Few people, few things.

    "Many are called, but few are chosen."

  • Couple (noun)

    Two partners in a romantic or sexual relationship.

  • Couple (noun)

    Two of the same kind connected or considered together.

  • Couple (noun)

    A small number.

  • Couple (noun)

    One of the pairs of plates of two metals which compose a voltaic battery, called a voltaic couple or galvanic couple.

  • Couple (noun)

    Two forces that are equal in magnitude but opposite in direction (and acting along parallel lines), thus creating the turning effect of a torque or moment.

  • Couple (noun)

    A couple-close.

  • Couple (noun)

    That which joins or links two things together; a bond or tie; a coupler.

  • Couple (adjective)

    Two or (a) small number of.

  • Couple (determiner)

    Two or a few, a small number of.

  • Couple (verb)

    To join (two things) together, or (one thing) to (another).

    "Now the conductor will couple the train cars."

    "I've coupled our system to theirs."

  • Couple (verb)

    To join in wedlock; to marry.

  • Couple (verb)

    To join in sexual intercourse; to copulate.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Couple (noun)

    two people or things of the same sort considered together

    "a couple of girls were playing marbles"

  • Couple (noun)

    a pair of partners in a dance or game.

  • Couple (noun)

    a pair of hunting dogs.

  • Couple (noun)

    two collars joined together and used for holding hounds together.

  • Couple (noun)

    a pair of rafters.

  • Couple (noun)

    a pair of equal and parallel forces acting in opposite directions, and tending to cause rotation about an axis perpendicular to the plane containing them.

  • Couple (noun)

    two people who are married or otherwise closely associated romantically or sexually

    "in three weeks the couple fell in love and became engaged"

    "a honeymoon couple"

  • Couple (noun)

    an indefinite small number

    "clean the stains with a couple squirts dishwashing liquid"

    "he hoped she'd be better in a couple of days"

    "we got some eggs—would you like a couple?"

    "just a couple more questions"

  • Couple (verb)

    link or combine (something) with something else

    "a sense of hope is coupled with a palpable sense of loss"

  • Couple (verb)

    connect (a railway vehicle or a piece of equipment) to another

    "a cable is coupled up to one of the wheels"

  • Couple (verb)

    connect (two electrical components) using electromagnetic induction, electrostatic charge, or an optical link

    "resistors are used to couple the oscillators"

  • Couple (verb)

    join to form a pair

    "the beetles may couple up to form a pair"

  • Couple (verb)

    mate or have sexual intercourse

    "as middle-class youth grew more tolerant of sex, they started to couple more often"

Webster Dictionary

  • Few (adjective)

    Not many; small, limited, or confined in number; - indicating a small portion of units or individuals constituting a whole; often, by ellipsis of a noun, a few people.

  • Couple (noun)

    That which joins or links two things together; a bond or tie; a coupler.

  • Couple (noun)

    Two of the same kind connected or considered together; a pair; a brace.

  • Couple (noun)

    A male and female associated together; esp., a man and woman who are married or betrothed.

  • Couple (noun)

    See Couple-close.

  • Couple (noun)

    One of the pairs of plates of two metals which compose a voltaic battery; - called a voltaic couple or galvanic couple.

  • Couple (noun)

    Two rotations, movements, etc., which are equal in amount but opposite in direction, and acting along parallel lines or around parallel axes.

  • Couple

    To link or tie, as one thing to another; to connect or fasten together; to join.

  • Couple

    To join in wedlock; to marry.

  • Couple (verb)

    To come together as male and female; to copulate.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Few (noun)

    an indefinite but relatively small number;

    "they bought a case of beer and drank a few"

  • Few (noun)

    a small elite group;

    "it was designed for the discriminating few"

  • Few (adjective)

    a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `a'; a small but indefinite number;

    "a few weeks ago"

    "a few more wagons than usual"

    "an invalid's pleasures are few and far between"

    "few roses were still blooming"

    "few women have led troops in battle"

  • Couple (noun)

    a small indefinite number;

    "he's coming for a couple of days"

  • Couple (noun)

    a pair of people who live together;

    "a married couple from Chicago"

  • Couple (noun)

    a pair who associate with one another;

    "the engaged couple"

    "an inseparable twosome"

  • Couple (noun)

    two items of the same kind

  • Couple (noun)

    something joined by two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines

  • Couple (verb)

    bring two objects, ideas, or people together;

    "This fact is coupled to the other one"

    "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"

    "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"

  • Couple (verb)

    link together;

    "can we couple these proposals?"

  • Couple (verb)

    form a pair or pairs;

    "The two old friends paired off"

  • Couple (verb)

    make love;

    "Birds mate in the Spring"

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