adjective, scarc·er, scarc·est.
- to depart, especially suddenly.
- to stay away; avoid.
Origin of scarce
British Dictionary definitions for make oneself scarce
Word Origin for scarce
Word Origin and History for make oneself scarce
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.
Idioms and Phrases with make oneself scarce (1 of 2)
make oneself scarce
Depart quickly, go away, as in The children saw Mrs. Frost coming and made themselves scarce. This idiom applies scarce in the sense of “seldom seen” to removing one's presence. [c. 1800]
Idioms and Phrases with make oneself scarce (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with scarce
- scarce as hen's teeth
- scarcely ever
- make oneself scarce