I found the following definitions of "quite a few" in dictionaries:
Wiktionary: An indefinite and somewhat large number; more than a few but fewer than a lot; a fair number of.
Is "quite a few" less than "many"? My understanding is that "a lot" and "many" are synonyms. If that's the case, then the dictionary definitions above conflict. What's the actual meaning of this expression?
Note: I'm also curious about the origin of this expression. The last thing that a non-native English speaker would expect was that "quite" and "few" combined would result in "somewhat large number" or "many".