Scarcer
Scarce Scarce (sk[^a]rs), a. [Compar. {Scarcer} (sk[^a]r"s[~e]r); superl. {Scarcest}.] [OE. scars, OF. escars, eschars, LL. scarpsus, excarpsus, for L. excerptus, p. p. of excerpere to pick out, and hence to contract, to shorten; ex (see {Ex-}) + carpere. See {Carpet}, and cf. {Excerp}.] 1. Not plentiful or abundant; in small quantity in proportion to the demand; not easily to be procured; rare; uncommon. [1913 Webster]

You tell him silver is scarcer now in England, and therefore risen one fifth in value. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

The scarcest of all is a Pescennius Niger on a medallion well preserved. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. Scantily supplied (with); deficient (in); -- with of. [Obs.] ``A region scarce of prey.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; stingy. [Obs.] ``Too scarce ne too sparing.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

{To make one's self scarce}, to decamp; to depart. [Slang] [1913 Webster]

Syn: Rare; infrequent; deficient. See {Rare}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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