Weekly Word: Paucity

It’s that time of week again where I share a word that I find interesting and a little story in which I use it.

This week’s Weekly Word is: paucity

Part of Speech





  1. Smallness of number; fewness
  2. Smallness of quantity; dearth

Word Origin

1375-1425 – originated in late Middle English: from Old French paucite or Latin paucitās, meaning ‘scarcity’, from paucus, meaning ‘few’.


dearth, deficiency, exiguity, exiguousness, incompleteness, insufficiency, lack, limitedness, meagreness, niggardliness, paltriness, poverty, restrictedness, scantness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, sketchiness, sparseness, undersupply, want


abundance, surplus

Use the Word

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Nathan looked over the empty shelves and sighed. Fears that a second was lockdown looming had led to a paucity of toilet rolls in the supermarkets yet again. Unfortunately, he mused, it seemed there was also a paucity of common sense to be found in society these days.


If you would like to join in with this activity in any way, feel free to do so. You could either share a Weekly Word of your own – this week beginning with the letter P – or you could use my word, or Millie Thom’s, as inspiration for a post. This could be a piece of poetry, flash fiction, or any form of prose that you choose. Just share a link in the comments so we can see what you’ve been up to!

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