“Fear was widespread and confidence was scarce,” he explained.
Although raw product (i.e. un-renovated houses) is scarce, business is good again for area developers.
Information about the neurologic and psychological changes that may befall young TBI victims is scarce.
c.1300, "restricted in quantity," from Old North French scars "scanty, scarce" (Old French eschars, Modern French échars) from Vulgar Latin *scarsus, from *escarpsus, from *excarpere "pluck out," from classical Latin excerpere "pluck out" (see excerpt). As an adverb early 14c. from the adjective. Phrase to make oneself scarce "go away" first attested 1771, noted as a current "cant phrase." Related: Scarcely.