few, a n.
1. (a good) many; a great deal.
2. [mid-19C] someone extreme in manner.
3. [late 19C+] a number, unspecified, of drinks; usu. as have a few
4. [1900s–50s] (US prison) a short prison sentence.
5. [2000s] a short time, i.e. a few minutes.
[20C+] (orig. Aus.) to have a few drinks; thus have a few too many v., to be drunk (cf. have one too many under one n.1 ).
[20C+] to have a few drinks.