quite a few

[quite a few] or [quite a number] also {formal} [not a few] {n.} or{adj. phr.} Rather a large number; more than a few.

Quite a fewwent to the game.

The basket had quite a few rotten apples in it.

- The phrase "quite a number" is used like an adjective only before"less", "more".

Few people saw the play on the first night butquite a number more came on the second night.

- Sometimes used likean adverb.

We still have quite a few more miles to go before wereach New York.

Syn.: GOOD MANY, NOT A FEW. Compare: A FEW, A NUMBER.