What is the opposite of numerous? I expected the answer to be innumerous, but that seems to mean too many to count. There must be a negative to numerous that isn't simply few.

  • Is there something wrong with not many? If so, please clarify; if not, this is general reference. Jan 19, 2012 at 11:46
  • not many doesn't have the same force as numerous in the opposite direction. There may not be a strong enough antonym, though.
    – Kris
    Jan 19, 2012 at 11:57
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    – RegDwigнt
    Jan 19, 2012 at 11:57

3 Answers 3


In many contexts, one antonym is scarce or scant (2b : lacking in amplitude or quantity)


In the singular, you could use 'modicum' or 'trifle'/'trifling amount'.


In grammatical terminology, the word paucal is commonly used, but it's not common in other situations.

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