- smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness: a country with a paucity of resources.
- smallness or insufficiency of number; fewness.
Origin of paucity
Related Wordssmallness, insufficiency, dearth, paltriness, scantiness, rarity, famine, deficiency, absence, shortage, meagerness, poverty, fewness, sparseness, slenderness, sparsity
Examples from the Web for paucity
Part of that lies in the paucity of documentation of what the Vikings actually did during their raids.How the Vikings Saved Europe and Got a Terrible Reputation
September 17, 2014
Moreover, the long moratorium has resulted in a paucity of qualified experts to research firearm injuries.Pediatricians Take on the NRA Over Gun Safety
May 15, 2014
Poor health care, a paucity of jobs, and a sense of instability is now taking its toll.One Year Later, Libya’s Long Road Continues
October 22, 2012
The paucity of women in STEM is not just a problem for New York.Twitter Invests in Young Women with ‘Girls Who Code’
June 26, 2012
A former studio chief agrees that the paucity of stars under 30 is a serious problem for the studios.Is He Sabotaging His Career?
March 9, 2010
So they went bobbing about in a tub, and we, with a like paucity of equipment, essayed to follow them.Meadow Grass
It seemed to her that never before had there been such a paucity of monarchists.The Martian Cabal
Roman Frederick Starzl
We can complain of no lack of plot or paucity of incidents in His Heart's Desire.
In spite of this paucity of clothing, there was not the least immodesty in their bearing.Celebrated Travels and Travellers
For some reason or other there is a paucity of woodpeckers on the Nilgiris.Birds of the Indian Hills
- smallness of quantity; insufficiency; dearth
- smallness of number; fewness
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.)).