scarce
I. adjective (scarcer; scarcest) Etymology: Middle English scars, from Anglo-French eschars, escars narrow, stingy, deficient, from Vulgar Latin *excarpsus, literally, plucked out, past participle of Latin excerpere to pluck out — more at excerpt Date: 14th century 1. deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand ; not plentiful or abundant 2. intentionally absent <
made himself scarce at inspection time
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Synonyms: see infrequentscarceness noun II. adverb Date: 15th century scarcely, hardly <
scarce was independence half a century old, when a…split occurred — John McPhee
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  • scarce — [skeəs ǁ skers] adjective if something is scarce, there is not enough of it available: • Here, land is a scarce resource and house prices have risen sharply. • Jobs are scarce. scarcity noun [singular, uncountable] : • the present scarcity of… …   Financial and business terms

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scarce — Scarce, Scarcely Scarce ly, adv. 1. With difficulty; hardly; scantly; barely; but just. [1913 Webster] With a scarce well lighted flame. Milton. [1913 Webster] The eldest scarcely five year was of age. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Slowly she sails,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scarce — scarce·ly; scarce·ment; scarce·ness; scarce; …   English syllables

  • scarce — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a resource) insufficient for the demand. 2) rarely found. ● make oneself scarce Cf. ↑make oneself scarce DERIVATIVES scarcity noun. ORIGIN O …   English terms dictionary

  • scarce — [skers] adj. scarcer, scarcest [ME scars < NormFr escars (for OFr eschars) < VL * escarpsus, for L excerptus, pp. of excerpere, to pick out, select (see EXCERPT); hence, that which is picked out and therefore scarce] 1. not common; rarely… …   English World dictionary

  • scarce — (adj.) c.1300, restricted in quantity, from O.N.Fr. scars (O.Fr. eschars) from V.L. *escarpsus, from *excarpere pluck out, from L. excerpere pluck out (see EXCERPT (Cf. excerpt)). Phrase to make oneself scarce go away first attested 1809 in Gil… …   Etymology dictionary

  • scarce — I adjective at a premium, dear, deficient, few, inadequate, incomplete, inconsiderable, insufficient, limited, little, low, meager, minute, not abundant, not plentiful, out of the way, paltry, rare, rarus, scant, seldom met with, short, skimpy,… …   Law dictionary

  • scarce — rare, uncommon, *infrequent, occasional, sporadic Analogous words: *deficient: curtailed, abridged, shortened (see SHORTEN) Antonyms: abundant …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • scarce — [adj] insufficient, infrequent at a premium, deficient, failing, few, few and far between*, in short supply, limited, occasional, rare, scant, scanty, seldom, seldom met with, semioccasional, short, shortened, shy, sparse, sporadic, truncated,… …   New thesaurus

  • scarce — 01. Food in the area is [scarce], and the United Nations is pleading for aid. 02. Full time, permanent jobs are increasingly [scarce] these days as companies hire more and more people on contract. 03. Money is [scarce], and the government is… …   Grammatical examples in English

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