Scarce meaning

skârs
Not common; rarely seen.
adjective
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The definition of scarce is a situation where there is too little of something or where something exists only in very small numbers.

An example of scarce is money when you are poor.

An example of scarce are dishes from a china pattern that was discontinued years ago.

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Uncommon, rare; difficult to find; insufficient to meet a demand.
adjective
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(now literary, archaic) Scarcely, only just.
adverb
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Scantily supplied (with); deficient (in); used with of.
adjective
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Hard to find; absent or rare.

Steel pennies are scarce now except in coin shops.

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Barely or hardly; scarcely.
adverb
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Insufficient to meet a demand or requirement; short in supply.

Fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought.

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Not plentiful; not sufficient to meet the demand; hard to get.
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make (oneself) scarce
  • To stay away; be absent or elusive.
  • To depart, especially quickly or furtively; abscond.
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make oneself scarce
  • To go or stay away.
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Origin of scarce

  • Middle English scars from Old French scars from Vulgar Latin excarpsus narrow, cramped from past participle of excarpere to pluck out alteration of Latin excerpere to pick out excerpt
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Northern Old French scars, escars (> French échars), from Late Latin *scarsus, probably originally a participle form of *excarpere (“take out"), from Latin ex- + carpere.
    From Wiktionary