Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class I. Words Expressing Abstract Relations
Section V. Number
3. Indeterminate Number

103. Fewness.

   NOUN:FEWNESS &c. adj.; paucity, scarcity, sparseness, sparsity, small number; only a few; small quantity [See Smallness]; rarity; infrequency [See Infrequency]; handful; minority; exiguity.
  [DIMINUTION OF NUMBER] reduction; weeding &c. v.; elimination, sarculation [obs.], decimation; eradication.
   VERB:BE FEW &c. adj.
  RENDER FEW &c. adj.; reduce, diminish, diminish the number, weed, eliminate, thin, decimate.
   ADJECTIVE:FEW; scant, scanty; thin, rare, scarce, sparse, thinly scattered, few and far between; exiguous; infrequent [See Infrequency]; rari nantes [L.]; hardly any, scarcely any; to be counted on one’s fingers, to be counted on the fingers of one hand; reduced &c. v.; unrepeated.
   ADVERB:here and there.