I've seen other questions on the usage of "few", but I'm wondering if there is an official definition on the numerical value of the word. The common rule seems to be a couple is two, a few is three or more, and several is something bigger. So is there an official number assigned to the word from some reputable source?

  • In a word, no. There is no one in a position to even make such a rule.
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 11, 2015 at 5:11
  • Less than many Probably but not necessarily less than a moderate number.
    – keshlam
    Jan 11, 2015 at 5:15

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1 < few < 7

From here: here


  • Linking to this question doesn't provide an answer. And you give no substantiation for your claim that 1 < few < 7. Jan 11, 2015 at 16:52