from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Insufficient to meet a demand or requirement; short in supply: Fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought.
- adj. Hard to find; absent or rare: Steel pennies are scarce now except in coin shops.
- adv. Barely or hardly; scarcely.
- idiom make (oneself) scarce Informal To stay away; be absent or elusive.
- idiom make (oneself) scarce Informal To depart, especially quickly or furtively; abscond.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Uncommon, rare; difficult to find; insufficient to meet a demand.
- adv. Scarcely, only just.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not plentiful or abundant; in small quantity in proportion to the demand; not easily to be procured; rare; uncommon.
- adj. Scantily supplied (with); deficient (in); -- with of.
- adj. Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; stingy.
- adv. With difficulty; hardly; scantly; barely; but just.
- adv. Frugally; penuriously.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Sparing; parsimonious; niggard; niggardly; stingy.
- Scantily supplied; poorly provided; not having much: sometimes with of.
- Diminished; reduced from the original or the proper size or measure; deficient; short.
- Deficient in quantity or number; insufficient for the need or demand; scant; scanty; not abundant.
- Few in number; seldom seen; infrequent; uncommon; rare: as, scarce coins; a scarce book.
- Characterized by scarcity, especially of provisions, or the necessaries of life.
- Synonyms and Rare, Scarce. See rare.
- Hardly; barely; scarcely.
- To make less; diminish; make scant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand
- adv. only a very short time before
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; see excerpt.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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. (Wiktionary)