See also: Paulus



From earlier paullus, likely for Proto-Italic *paukslos, from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂w- (few, small) + *-ko- + *-slom, the first two elements also giving Latin paucus (few).[1]

Alternative formsEdit



paulus (feminine paula, neuter paulum, adverb paulō); first/second-declension adjective

  1. little, small

Usage notesEdit

Used especially pertaining to size.


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative paulus paula paulum paulī paulae paula
Genitive paulī paulae paulī paulōrum paulārum paulōrum
Dative paulō paulō paulīs
Accusative paulum paulam paulum paulōs paulās paula
Ablative paulō paulā paulō paulīs
Vocative paule paula paulum paulī paulae paula



Derived termsEdit


  • De Vaan, Michiel, “paucus”, in Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7)‎[2], Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2008, →ISBN, page 450
  1. ^ Weiss, Michael L., Outline of the Historical and Comparative Grammar of Latin[1], Ann Arbor: Beech Stave Press, 2009, →ISBN, page 177

Further readingEdit

  • paulus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  • paulus in Charlton T. Lewis, An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1891
  • paulus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • paulus in Gaffiot, Félix, Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette, 1934
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden, Latin Phrase-Book[3], London: Macmillan and Co., 1894
    • (ambiguous) the delivery is rather halting, poor: actio paulum claudicat
  • paulus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor, Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1898
  • paulus in William Smith, editor, A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray, 1848