scarce

[skairs] /skɛərs/
adjective, scarcer, scarcest.
1.
insufficient to satisfy the need or demand; not abundant:
"Meat and butter were scarce during the war."
2.
seldom met with; rare:
"a scarce book."
adverb
3.
Idioms
4.
make oneself scarce, Informal.
  1. to depart, especially suddenly.
  2. to stay away; avoid.
Origin
1250–1300; Middle English scars < Old North French (e)scars < Vulgar Latin *excarpsus plucked out, for Latin excerptus; see excerpt
Related forms
scarceness, noun
unscarce, adjective
unscarcely, adverb
unscarceness, noun
Can be confused
extinct, rare, scarce.
Synonyms
1. deficient. 2. uncommon, infrequent.
Antonyms
1. abundant.
Example Sentences for scarce
We have no dictionary of our language, and scarce a tolerable grammar.
Supplies including food became scarce due to safety fears by the suppliers.
The fabrics they depended on grew scarce, and business slowed considerably.
For example, taurine is scarce in plants but abundant in meats.
When game was scarce the men hunted wild mustangs, sometimes eating their own ponies.
British Dictionary definitions for scarce
scarce (skɛəs)
 
adj
1.  rarely encountered
2.  insufficient to meet the demand
3.  informal make oneself scarce to go away, esp suddenly
 
adv
4.  archaic, literary or scarcely
 
[C13: from Old Norman French scars, from Vulgar Latin excarpsus (unattested) plucked out, from Latin excerpere to select; see excerpt]
 
'scarceness
 
n

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Word Origin and History for scarce
scarce
c.1300, "restricted in quantity," from O.N.Fr. scars (O.Fr. eschars) from V.L. *escarpsus, from *excarpere "pluck out," from L. excerpere "pluck out" (see excerpt). Phrase to make oneself scarce "go away" first attested 1809 in "Gil Blas." Related: Scarcely.
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scarce

In addition to the idiom beginning with scarce, also see make oneself scarce.

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