From Middle English fewe, from Old English fēaw, from Proto-Germanic *fawaz, from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂w- ("few, small"). Cognate with Old Saxon fā ("few"), Old High German fao, fō, Old Norse fár, Gothic 𐍆𐌰𐌿𐍃, Latin paucus (whence English pauper, poor etc.). More at poor.
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