Scarce Definition

skârs
scarcer, scarcest
adjective
scarcer, scarcest
Not common; rarely seen.
Webster's New World
Not plentiful; not sufficient to meet the demand; hard to get.
Webster's New World
Hard to find; absent or rare.
Steel pennies are scarce now except in coin shops.
American Heritage
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.
YourDictionary
Scantily supplied (with); deficient (in); used with of.
Wiktionary
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adverb
Webster's New World
Barely or hardly; scarcely.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
idiom
make (oneself) scarce
  • To stay away; be absent or elusive.
  • To depart, especially quickly or furtively; abscond.
American Heritage
make oneself scarce
  • to go or stay away
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Scarce

Adjective

Base Form:
scarce
Comparative:
scarcer
Superlative:
scarcest

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Scarce

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

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