What does lack mean?

Definitions for lacklæk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word lack.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lack, deficiency, want(verb)

    the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable

    "there is a serious lack of insight into the problem"; "water is the critical deficiency in desert regions"; "for want of a nail the shoe was lost"

  2. miss, lack(verb)

    be without

    "This soup lacks salt"; "There is something missing in my jewelry box!"


  1. lack(Noun)

    A defect or failing; moral or spiritual degeneracy.

  2. lack(Noun)

    A deficiency or need (of something desirable or necessary); an absence, want.

  3. lack(Verb)

    To be without, to need, to require.

    My life lacks excitement.

  4. lack(Verb)

    To be short (of or for something).

    He'll never lack for company while he's got all that money.

  5. Origin: Apparently cognate with Middle Low German lak, Middle Dutch lac ( > modern lak).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lack(noun)

    blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense

  2. Lack(noun)

    deficiency; want; need; destitution; failure; as, a lack of sufficient food

  3. Lack(verb)

    to blame; to find fault with

  4. Lack(verb)

    to be without or destitute of; to want; to need

  5. Lack(verb)

    to be wanting; often, impersonally, with of, meaning, to be less than, short, not quite, etc

  6. Lack(verb)

    to be in want

  7. Lack

    exclamation of regret or surprise

  8. Origin: [OE. lak; cf. D. lak slander, laken to blame, OHG. lahan, AS. len.]


  1. Lack

    Lack is a small village and townland in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 114 people.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lack

    lak, v.t. and v.i. to want: to be in want: to be destitute of: to miss.—n. want: destitution.—ns. Lack′-all, one who is destitute; Lack′-brain (Shak.), a fool.—adjs. Lack′-lin′en (Shak.), wanting linen; Lack′-lus′tre, wanting brightness.—n. a want of brightness. [From an old Low Ger. root found in Dut. lak, blemish; cf. Ice. lakr, defective.]

Suggested Resources

  1. LACK

    What does LACK stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the LACK acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lack' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1100

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lack' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2319

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lack' in Nouns Frequency: #512

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lack' in Verbs Frequency: #434


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lack in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Pauline Musariri:

    Lack of knowledge is dangerous

  2. Pam Brown, 1928:

    Horses lend us the wings we lack.

  3. Unknown:

    Courage atrophies from lack of use.

  4. George Bernard Shaw:

    Lack of money is the root of all evil.

  5. Steve Maraboli:

    A lack of clarity is food for failure."

Images & Illustrations of lack

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