Today's Word of the Day means...


[paw-si-tee] /ˈpɔ sɪ ti/
smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness:
a country with a paucity of resources.
smallness or insufficiency of number; fewness.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English paucite < Latin paucitās fewness, derivative of paucus few; see -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for paucity
  • We would never allow this paucity of journalism in print.
  • Eventually, frustrated with the paucity of tools for working directly with the brain, he started building his own.
  • Despite a paucity of evidence, it could be a generational thing.
  • Markets might have treated this as evidence of a lack of imagination, or a paucity of profitable projects.
  • They complain about a paucity of offerings.
  • Thanks to a paucity of high-profile candidates, that could change next month.
  • It is disappointing, then, to note the paucity of literature on one elemental experience: disappointment.
  • Providing credit to small business in the developing world is difficult, thanks to the paucity of credit bureaus.
  • The paucity of things worth watching is absolutely mind-boggling nowadays.
  • Indeed, for that matter, this essay has a noticeable paucity of historical context.
British Dictionary definitions for paucity


smallness of quantity; insufficiency; dearth
smallness of number; fewness
Word Origin
C15: from Latin paucitās scarcity, from paucus few
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Contemporary definitions for paucity

an insufficiency; dearth

Word Origin

Latin paucus 'little''s 21st Century Lexicon
Copyright © 2003-2014, LLC
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for paucity
c.1425, from O.Fr. paucité (14c.), from L. paucitatem (nom. paucitas) "fewness, scarcity," from paucus "few, little," from PIE base *pau- "few, little" (cf. L. paullus "little," parvus "little, small," pauper "poor;" O.E. feawe "few," fola "young horse;" O.N. fylja "young female horse").
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for paucity

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for paucity

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with paucity