[ paw-si-tee ]
/ ˈpɔ sɪ ti /


smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness: a country with a paucity of resources.
smallness or insufficiency of number; fewness.

Nearby words

  1. paua,
  2. paucal,
  3. paucibacillary,
  4. paucis verbis,
  5. paucisynaptic,
  6. paul,
  7. paul bunyan,
  8. paul i,
  9. paul ii,
  10. paul iii

Origin of paucity

1375–1425; late Middle English paucite < Latin paucitās fewness, derivative of paucus few; see -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for paucity


/ (ˈpɔːsɪtɪ) /


smallness of quantity; insufficiency; dearth
smallness of number; fewness

Word Origin for paucity

C15: from Latin paucitās scarcity, from paucus few

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Word Origin and History for paucity



late 14c., from Old French paucité (14c.) and directly from Latin paucitatem (nominative paucitas) "fewness, scarcity, a small number," from paucus "few, little," from PIE *pau-ko-, from root *pau- (1) "few, little" (cf. Latin paullus "little;" Old English feawe "few;" see few (adj.)).

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