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.
Steel pennies are scarce now except in coin shops.
Fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought.
- To stay away; be absent or elusive.
- To depart, especially quickly or furtively; abscond.
- To go or stay away.
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