un scarce

scarce

[skairs]
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
Idioms
4.
make oneself scarce, Informal.
a.
to depart, especially suddenly.
b.
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

scarceness, noun
unscarce, adjective
unscarcely, adverb
unscarceness, noun

extinct, rare, scarce.


1. deficient. 2. uncommon, infrequent.


1. abundant.
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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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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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