Many vs. Few

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  • Many (determiner)

    An indefinite large number of.

    "many people enjoy playing chess;"

    "there are many different ways to cook a meal"

  • Many (pronoun)

    A collective mass of people.

    "Democracy must balance the rights of the few against the will of the many"

    "A great many do not understand this."

  • Many (pronoun)

    An indefinite large number of people or things.

    "Many are called, but few are chosen."

  • Many (noun)

    A multitude; a great aggregate; a mass of people; the generality; the common herd.

  • Many (noun)

    A considerable number.

  • 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."


    "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."

  • Many (noun)

    A retinue of servants; a household.

  • Many (noun)

    The populace; the common people; the majority of people, or of a community.

  • Many (noun)

    A large or considerable number.

  • Many (adjective)

    Consisting of a great number; numerous; not few.

  • 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.

Webster Dictionary
  • Many (adjective)

    a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `as' or `too' or `so' or `that'; amounting to a large but indefinite number;

    "many temptations"

    "the temptations are many"

    "a good many"

    "a great many"

    "many directions"

    "take as many apples as you like"

    "too many clouds to see"

    "never saw so many people"

  • 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"

Princeton's WordNet

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