scarce
I adjective at a premium, dear, deficient, few, inadequate, incomplete, inconsiderable, insufficient, limited, little, low, meager, minute, not abundant, not plentiful, out of the way, paltry, rare, rarus, scant, seldom met with, short, skimpy, sparing, sparse, thinly scattered, unavailable, uncommon, unique, unobtainable, unplentiful, unusual, wanting II index barren, deficient, infrequent, insufficient, minimal, nonsubstantial (not sufficient), paltry, rare, uncommon, unusual

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  • scarce — [skeəs ǁ skers] adjective if something is scarce, there is not enough of it available: • Here, land is a scarce resource and house prices have risen sharply. • Jobs are scarce. scarcity noun [singular, uncountable] : • the present scarcity of… …   Financial and business terms

  • Scarce — (sk[^a]rs), a. [Compar. {Scarcer} (sk[^a]r s[ e]r); superl. {Scarcest}.] [OE. scars, OF. escars, eschars, LL. scarpsus, excarpsus, for L. excerptus, p. p. of excerpere to pick out, and hence to contract, to shorten; ex (see {Ex }) + carpere. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scarce — Scarce, Scarcely Scarce ly, adv. 1. With difficulty; hardly; scantly; barely; but just. [1913 Webster] With a scarce well lighted flame. Milton. [1913 Webster] The eldest scarcely five year was of age. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Slowly she sails,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scarce — scarce·ly; scarce·ment; scarce·ness; scarce; …   English syllables

  • scarce — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a resource) insufficient for the demand. 2) rarely found. ● make oneself scarce Cf. ↑make oneself scarce DERIVATIVES scarcity noun. ORIGIN O …   English terms dictionary

  • scarce — [skers] adj. scarcer, scarcest [ME scars < NormFr escars (for OFr eschars) < VL * escarpsus, for L excerptus, pp. of excerpere, to pick out, select (see EXCERPT); hence, that which is picked out and therefore scarce] 1. not common; rarely… …   English World dictionary

  • scarce — (adj.) 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 (Cf. excerpt)). Phrase to make oneself scarce go away first attested 1809 in Gil… …   Etymology dictionary

  • scarce — rare, uncommon, *infrequent, occasional, sporadic Analogous words: *deficient: curtailed, abridged, shortened (see SHORTEN) Antonyms: abundant …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • scarce — [adj] insufficient, infrequent at a premium, deficient, failing, few, few and far between*, in short supply, limited, occasional, rare, scant, scanty, seldom, seldom met with, semioccasional, short, shortened, shy, sparse, sporadic, truncated,… …   New thesaurus

  • scarce|ly — «SKAIRS lee», adverb. 1. not quite; barely: »I can scarcely hear your voice. We could scarcely see the ship through the thick fog. SYNONYM(S): See syn. under hardly. (Cf. ↑hardly) 2. decidedly not: »He can scarcely have said that …   Useful english dictionary

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