adv 1 chache, kidogo tu we had ~ rested hatukudiriki/ hatukuwahi kupumzika. 2 (used to suggest that something is improbable, unlikely or unreasonable) I can ~ give you a drink today sidhani kama naweza kukununulia kinywaji hivi leo. 3 (neg. in meaning) chache, kwa nadra sana ~ anybody came to the meeting ni watu wachache sana waliofika mkutanoni. 4 vikali, kwa ukali the child was scolded ~ alikaripiwa kwa ukali sana.