- being without; not having; wanting; less: Lacking equipment, the laboratory couldn't undertake the research project.
- wanting; deficient: He was found lacking in stamina.
Origin of lacking
- deficiency or absence of something needed, desirable, or customary: lack of money; lack of skill.
- something missing or needed: After he left, they really felt the lack.
- to be without or deficient in: to lack ability; to lack the necessities of life.
- to fall short in respect of: He lacks three votes to win.
- to be absent or missing, as something needed or desirable: Three votes are lacking to make a majority.
- lack in, to be short of or deficient in: What he lacks in brains, he makes up for in brawn.
Origin of lack
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Examples from the Web for lacking
“The psychology of BDSM is lacking in other formal training regiments and interactions,” added Stella.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
Lacking any sense of irony, Eldridge made campaign-finance reform a signature plank.The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple
December 9, 2014
His only known run-in with the law was a 300-euro fine for failing to stop at the scene of an accident and lacking insurance.Showing the Faces of Its Murderers, ISIS Shows Its Global Reach
November 18, 2014
Strapped for medical staff and lacking in the resources needed to treat the 5,338 suspected cases, the numbers are soaring.Fighting Ebola and Starvation in Sierra Leone
November 5, 2014
His tweets and Instagram photos also seem to point to a clear motive, lacking in so many other school shootings.The Homecoming Prince Who Tweeted His Killing Spree
October 24, 2014
"He certainly is not lacking in audacity," thought Mr. Morgan.Brave and Bold
And not only are these gone, but we are lacking in a knowledge of Hebrew phraseology.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part II]
Benedict of Spinoza
He began to understand, for he was not lacking in intelligence.
Mary's usual quickness was not lacking even now, in this period of extremity.
All these characteristics are lacking in the works after "Timon."The Man Shakespeare
- an insufficiency, shortage, or absence of something required or desired
- something that is required but is absent or in short supply
- (when intr, often foll by in or for) to be deficient (in) or have need (of)to lack purpose
Word Origin and History for lacking
c.1300, "absence, want; shortage, deficiency," perhaps from an unrecorded Old English *lac, or else borrowed from Middle Dutch lak "deficiency, fault;" in either case from Proto-Germanic *laka- (cf. Old Frisian lek "disadvantage, damage," Old Norse lakr "lacking"), from PIE *leg- "to dribble, trickle." Middle English also had lackless "without blame or fault."
late 12c., perhaps from Middle Dutch laken "to be wanting," from lak (n.) "deficiency, fault," or an unrecorded native cognate word (see lack (n.)). Related: Lacked; lacking.