- 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.
sparse definition by Webster's New World
sparse definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective spars·er, spars·est
Occurring, growing, or settled at widely spaced intervals; not thick or dense.
Origin: Latin sparsus, past participle of spargere, to scatter.
- sparseˈly adverb
- sparseˈness, sparˈsi·ty noun