Adverbialised neuter of parvus. Doublet of parvum.


parum (comparative minus, superlative minimē)

  1. very little
    • Seneca Iunior, Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium
      Nōn quī parum habet, sed quī plūs cupit, pauper est.
      Not who has little, but who wants more, is poor.
  2. insufficient, not enough, too little

Derived termsEdit


  • parum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • parum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • parum in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • parum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the matter progresses favourably, succeeds: aliquid (bene, prospere) succedit or procedit (opp. parum procedere, non succedere)
    • good Latin: sermo latinus (opp. sermo parum latinus) (cf. sect. VII. 2., note For the use of adverbs...)
    • to unable to find a suitable expression: verbo parum valere (Tusc. 3. 5. 11)