- The definition of sparse is a thinly spread or meager amount or supply.
An example of sparse is when a vast forest has only a few little trees scattered about.
Origin of sparseLatin sparsus, past participle of spargere, to scatter.
- sparse′ness, spar′si·ty
(comparative sparser, superlative sparsest)
(third-person singular simple present sparses, present participle sparsing, simple past and past participle sparsed)
From Latin sparsus.