1 a small number of people, things, places, etc; some 少数的人、物、地方等; 一些.
(a) (referring back 用以复指前文)
*I didn't get any cards yesterday but today there were a few. 昨天我没收到贺卡, 但今天有几张.
* She's written hundreds of books but I've only read a few (of them). 她写了几百部书, 但我只读了（其中的）几本.
(b) (referring forward 用以预指後文)
*A few of the seats were empty. 有几个座位是空的.
* I recognized a few of the other guests. 在其余的客人中, 我认识几位.
2 (idm 习语) a good few; not a few a considerable number; significantly many 相当多; 不少
*There were a good few copies sold on the first day. 第一天就卖了许多本.
* Not a few of my friends are vegetarian. 我朋友中不少人吃素. `have a few (usu in the present perfect 通常用于现在完成时态) drink a sufficient amount of alcohol to make one drunk or almost drunk 已醉; 微醉
*I've had a few (ie a few glasses of beer, whisky, etc) already, actually. 我喝了几杯, 其实已经醉了.
* She looks as if she's had a few. 她像是有些醉了. a few adv a small but significant number 少量的一定数目
*a few more/less/too many 再多几个[再少几个/多余了几个].