“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.
As a result, we compete for scarce currencies, making “markets” out of goods and services that would otherwise be in abundance.
In an economy where women are thriving—and desirable black men are scarce—why do black women stay so loyal to black men?
The top of this height, on the contrary, has scarce any wood.
Maybe he museth, but he had scarce a word to say for himself.
She scarce listened, for at first she was bemused by two thoughts.
She had left it impulsively, she admitted, scarce knowing what she did.
They could scarce see their way through the sleet they had to face.
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.